GovBenefits.gov and DisabilityInfo.gov Commemorate the 18th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
On July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, State and Local government services, and telecommunications. As communities across the nation hold celebrations commemorating the 18th anniversary of this important legislation, DisabilityInfo.gov, the federal government's one-stop source for people with disabilities, has expanded its inventory of state and local resources to provide citizens with even greater access to information available in their own states and communities.

While DisabilityInfo.gov is known as a comprehensive source for information at the federal and national level, the site's state-level information has been enhanced through the addition of more than 2,000 new links to programs and services in every state and territory. To access the state and local resources map, simply select one of the nine subject tabs - Benefits, Civil Rights, Community Life, Education, Employment, Health, Housing, Technology or Transportation - at the top of any DisabilityInfo.gov page. Then click on the State and Local Resources map on the right-hand side bar to find information on that subject in your state, and you will be directed to a wealth of resources and contacts in your community.

DisabilityInfo.gov also offers a free subscription service allowing users to sign up to receive DisabilityInfo.gov Connection, the site's quarterly newsletter, as well as e-mail alerts on new information in their states. To subscribe, visit http://service.govdelivery.com/service/user.html?code=USODEP. Learn more about the ADA and other laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities by visiting the Civil Rights section of DisabilityInfo.gov.

Managed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the site is a collaborative effort among 22 government agencies dedicated to making DisabilityInfo.gov the leading, one-stop federal resource for disability-related information. The site offers the nearly 50 million Americans with disabilities the information they need to actively participate in the workforce and in their communities.