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Online Resources to Protect Those With HIV/AIDS

By Tracy Russo

July 18, 2011

This article was cross-posted from the AIDS.gov blog.

To mark the one-year anniversary of the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, the Justice Department has launched a new section of its Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website, www.ada.gov/aids.

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Persons with HIV and persons with AIDS are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which gives federal civil rights protections to persons with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, and state and local government services. The new web page provides important information and resources related to combating discrimination on the basis of HIV/AIDS.

Users can visit the site to file an HIV/AIDS discrimination complaint, to obtain ADA technical assistance materials related to HIV/AIDS, and to get the latest updates about the Department's efforts to stop HIV/AIDS discrimination. The website also provides easy access to an extensive collection of ADA settlement agreements, as well as information about enforcement, mediation, technical assistance, and certification activities.

The new resource is one part of the Department's effort to protect individuals with HIV/AIDS from discrimination. Other examples of recent work on behalf of individuals with HIV/AIDS include:

Those interested in finding out more about the ADA may call the Justice Department's toll-free ADA information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TDD), or access its ADA website at www.ada.gov, or the HIV/AIDS section at www.ada.gov/aids. ADA complaints may be filed by email to ada.complaint@usdoj.gov.

Tracy Russo is new media strategist for the Department of Justice. (Cross-posted from The Justice Blog.)

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