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Disability Rights


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.

FY 2019-2020 Bureau Annual Report PDF Document

The Disability Rights Bureau Discrimination Complaint Form, contact information, and resources are provided below.


Disability Rights Complaint Form

If you have a disability rights-related complaint, please complete and submit the form below.

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Please be advised that the Office of the Attorney General is taking measures to address both our obligation to serve the public and the State of Illinois and our concern for the wellbeing of our employees and the general public health in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our offices across the state are open, but operating with reduced staff. This may mean that responses to email, telephone calls and complaints may be delayed. The office appreciates your patience during this time.


Accessible Parking Brochure PDF document  En Español PDF document

Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation of People with Disabilities
Abuse, Neglect and Financial Exploitation of People with Disabilities PDF document

Commissions, Boards and Committees

Ensuring Accessibility for Customers with Disabilities: A Guide for Illinois
Businesses and other Public Accommodations
PDF document

Environmental Barriers Act

Judicial, Legal and Law Enforcement Training

Opening the Bench and Bar to People with Disabilities

Publications

Disability Rights Bureau Contact Information

Chicago Disability Rights Bureau
Springfield Disability Rights Bureau
Office of the Attorney General
James R. Thompson Center, 11th floor
100 W. Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601
312-814-5684
1-800-964-3013 (TTY)
312-814-3212 (fax)
Office of the Attorney General
500 S. Second Street
Springfield, IL 62701
217-524-2660
1-877-844-5461 (TTY)
217-782-1096 (fax)

 

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