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Key Federal & State Advocacy Initiatives

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. You can learn more here. You can read the South Carolina Code of Laws regarding the rights of physically disabled persons here. Learn about disability discrimination from the South Carolina Human Affairs Commission here.

The U.S. Supreme Court's 1999 landmark decision in Olmstead v. L. C. found the unjustified segregation of people with disabilities to be a form of unlawful discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). You can learn more about the Olmstead decision here.

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) want to live, learn, work, pay taxes, and be productive and fully included in their communities. Public policy is critical to achieving this vision.


The Arc partnered with AAIDD, ANCOR, ASA, ASAN, Easterseals, NACDD, TASH, and UCP to create a public policy agenda to shape, expand, and  protect a strong federal role that provides vital benefits, services and supports, and assures civil rights for our constituency.

Federal Policy Topics

Learn about the top issues we focus on in our fight for the

civil rights of people with disabilities.

State Policy Topics

Learn about disability issues in South Carolina.



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