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State and Local Information

The Pacific ADA Center provides written materials on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on a variety of subjects. Please note that some of the materials links will take you to another website.

Click on the topic category for an expanded list of resources available. Click the link a second time to collapse the list.

  • Assistive Technologies


    Center for Assistive Technology Act Data Assistance (CATADA) (Click on this link to access an Assistive Technology Program map and the center for your state.)
    State and Territory Assistive Technology Programs focus on improving the provision of Assistive Technology (AT) through comprehensive, statewide programs that are consumer responsive. The goal of these programs is to increase access to and acquisition of AT. Programs serve people with all types of disabilities, of all ages, in all environments.Assistive technology devices are items, pieces of equipment, or product systems that are used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. AT’s primary purpose areas are education, community living, employment and IT.

    Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)  RESNA is the premier professional membership organization dedicated to promoting the health and well-being of people with disabilities through increasing access to technology solutions.


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  • Education


    For information or to file a complaint regarding a public K-12 or a public higher education institution, contact the U.S. Office of Civil Rights (OCR) as listed below. 

    For information or to file a complaint regarding a private K-12 or a private higher education institution that does not receive federal funding, contact the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) at 800-514-0301 or go on line to ada.gov/complaint.  Private schools that receive federal funding are covered under OCR.

    Religious educational institutions are exempt from the ADA. If the institution receives federal funding, it is covered by other disability laws and therefore you can file a complaint with OCR as noted below. 


    Office for Civil Rights (OCR), Department of Education
    OCR’s mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence through vigorous enforcement of civil rights in our nation’s schools.

    For assistance related to civil rights, you may contact the OCR headquarters office in Washington D.C. or the OCR enforcement office serving your state or territory. Contact the enforcement offices if you wish to file a complaint (or use our online complaint form) or if you need technical assistance on a problem or assistance to prevent civil rights problems. Contact the OCR headquarters office if you have a question on national policy, to make a Freedom of Information request for information that is national in scope, or to request publications or other assistance that is not available online.

    National Office:
    Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education

    Washington, DC 
    Telephone: 800-421-3481
    Email: OCR@ed.gov

    OCR office for Arizona
    Denver Office, Denver, CO 
    Telephone: 303-844-5695
    Email: OCR.Denver@ed.gov

    OCR office for California
    San Francisco Office, San Francisco, CA 
    Telephone: 415-486-5555
    Email: ocr.sanfrancisco@ed.gov

    OCR office for Nevada, Hawaii and The Pacific Basin
    Seattle Office, Seattle, WA 
    Telephone: 206-607-1600
    Email: OCR.Seattle@ed.gov


    Center for Parent Information and Resources
    Families with a child who has a disability often need information about the disability of their child, about early intervention (for babies and toddlers), school services (for school-aged children), therapy, local policies, transportation, and much more. Every state has at least one Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) to offer families just this kind of information. Many states also have a Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC), which offers the same type of support and training to parents of children with disabilities.   You can access the contact information for the PTIs and CPRCs serving families in your state at the following link: http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/.


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