Advancing Civil Rights: A primer on current federal actions to combat disability discrimination

Decades of determined and persistent advocacy by generations of disability advocates have led to legislative, regulatory, and legal advances that have made this country more inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities. At the same time, people with disabilities continue to face discrimination and far too many barriers to exercising their basic civil rights.

These issues are not new, but COVID-19 brought them to the forefront and created momentum for change. That’s why the Biden-Harris Administration specifically recognized disabled people in its executive order on advancing equity – and why agencies across the federal government are taking action to strengthen anti-discrimination protections for people with disabilities.

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