People with disabilities are entitled as a matter of law to fair and equal opportunities in all aspects of society. The Disability Rights Bureau enforces state and federal laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities in Illinois.
The Bureau has exclusive authority to enforce the Illinois Environmental Barriers Act (EBA) and its design standards, the Illinois Accessibility Code (IAC). These laws and regulations require physical accessibility in new construction, additions and alterations to public facilities, and new multistory housing.
The Disability Rights Bureau also enforces the Illinois Human Rights Act, which provides jurisdiction to investigate complaints that allege a pattern and practice of disability discrimination in housing, public accommodations, employment, or financial services. The Disability Rights Bureau also investigates pattern and practice discrimination complaints under relevant federal laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Fair Housing Act (FHA).
In addition to the Bureau’s enforcement work, the Disability Rights Bureau regularly provides technical assistance and referrals to individuals with disabilities and public and private entities seeking to comply with disability rights laws. The Bureau conducts disability rights training programs for law enforcement, architects, engineers, building code officials and inspectors, judges and court personnel, business owners, disability rights organizations, and other groups upon request. Bureau staff members also serve on a number of committees that address a variety of issues impacting the lives of people with disabilities.
The Disability Rights Bureau Discrimination Complaint Form, contact information, and resources are provided below.