DC Office of Disability Rights (ODR)

DC Office of Disability Rights (ODR) DC Government Agency The Office of Disability Rights (ODR) oversees the District's obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as other federal and local disability rights laws.
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ODR provides technical assistance, training, dispute resolution, policy guidance, and expertise on disability rights issues to District agencies and the disability community. ODR coordinates the ADA compliance efforts of District agencies and works wth agency ADA coordinators to ensure that the District is responsive to the needs of the disability community and employees with disabilities.

Operating as usual

The Olmstead plan is the District’s roadmap to ensuring that we provide all services, programs, and activities in the mo...
05/12/2021

The Olmstead plan is the District’s roadmap to ensuring that we provide all services, programs, and activities in the most integrated setting for individuals with disabilities. Want to know how this impacts YOU? Join us on May 26, 2021 from 3-5 pm for ODR’s virtual town hall.

Register online at
https://olmstead-town-hall.eventbrite.com

[ID: A teal background with a wheelchair in a hallway. Text: "The DC Office of Disability Rights wants your feedback.

Help us advance rights for District residents with disabilities!

Olmstead Community Integration Plan

Virtual Town Hall Meeting
May 26, 2021 from 3-5 pm
Register online at
https://olmstead-town-hall.eventbrite.com
ASL translator and CART services will be provided. For questions or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Abby Volin at [email protected] or (202) 787-0287."]

The Olmstead plan is the District’s roadmap to ensuring that we provide all services, programs, and activities in the most integrated setting for individuals with disabilities. Want to know how this impacts YOU? Join us on May 26, 2021 from 3-5 pm for ODR’s virtual town hall.

Register online at
https://olmstead-town-hall.eventbrite.com

[ID: A teal background with a wheelchair in a hallway. Text: "The DC Office of Disability Rights wants your feedback.

Help us advance rights for District residents with disabilities!

Olmstead Community Integration Plan

Virtual Town Hall Meeting
May 26, 2021 from 3-5 pm
Register online at
https://olmstead-town-hall.eventbrite.com
ASL translator and CART services will be provided. For questions or to request a reasonable accommodation, contact Abby Volin at [email protected] or (202) 787-0287."]

We all have a role to play in protecting our community. Do your part by reporting suspicious behavior and activity to 91...
03/05/2021

We all have a role to play in protecting our community. Do your part by reporting suspicious behavior and activity to 911. If you see something, say something! #SaferStrongerDC.

We all have a role to play in protecting our community. Do your part by reporting suspicious behavior and activity to 911. If you see something, say something! #SaferStrongerDC.

We all have a role to play in protecting our community. Do your part by reporting suspicious behavior and activity to 91...
03/05/2021

We all have a role to play in protecting our community. Do your part by reporting suspicious behavior and activity to 911. If you see something, say something! #SaferStrongerDC.

We all have a role to play in protecting our community. Do your part by reporting suspicious behavior and activity to 911. If you see something, say something! #SaferStrongerDC.

We all have a role to play in protecting our community. Do your part by reporting suspicious behavior and activity to 91...
03/04/2021

We all have a role to play in protecting our community. Do your part by reporting suspicious behavior and activity to 911. If you see something, say something! #SaferStrongerDC.

We all have a role to play in protecting our community. Do your part by reporting suspicious behavior and activity to 911. If you see something, say something! #SaferStrongerDC.

It may not be your turn for the COVID-19 vaccine, but you can make sure you’re in the know. Sign-up at  http://coronavir...
01/16/2021

It may not be your turn for the COVID-19 vaccine, but you can make sure you’re in the know. Sign-up at http://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc for updates to learn when the District registry opens for other groups. #GetVaccinatedDC

It may not be your turn for the COVID-19 vaccine, but you can make sure you’re in the know. Sign-up at http://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc for updates to learn when the District registry opens for other groups. #GetVaccinatedDC

Wearing a mask is not hard. Breathing on a ventilator is! Do your part to slow the spread: 1) Stay home if you can. 2) #...
01/16/2021

Wearing a mask is not hard. Breathing on a ventilator is! Do your part to slow the spread: 1) Stay home if you can. 2) #WearAMask over your mouth AND nose. 3) Stay 6 feet from others & avoid crowds. 4) Wash your hands often. Visit http://coronavirus.dc.gov for more information.#MaskUpDC

Wearing a mask is not hard. Breathing on a ventilator is! Do your part to slow the spread: 1) Stay home if you can. 2) #WearAMask over your mouth AND nose. 3) Stay 6 feet from others & avoid crowds. 4) Wash your hands often. Visit http://coronavirus.dc.gov for more information.#MaskUpDC

If you see or hear things that appear out of the ordinary, contact police:For immediate threats or emergencies, call: 91...
01/16/2021

If you see or hear things that appear out of the ordinary, contact police:
For immediate threats or emergencies, call: 911
For suspicious activity or behavior, call: (202) 727-9099
Use MPD’s iWATCH website: http://iwatchdc.org
Use MPD’s Text Tip Line at: 50411

If you see or hear things that appear out of the ordinary, contact police:
For immediate threats or emergencies, call: 911
For suspicious activity or behavior, call: (202) 727-9099
Use MPD’s iWATCH website: http://iwatchdc.org
Use MPD’s Text Tip Line at: 50411

Get updates on the 59th Presidential Inauguration from DC Government. Text INAUG2021 to 888-777 for updates on public sa...
01/16/2021

Get updates on the 59th Presidential Inauguration from DC Government. Text INAUG2021 to 888-777 for updates on public safety, street closures, weather alerts, transit updates and more. #INAUG2021

Get updates on the 59th Presidential Inauguration from DC Government. Text INAUG2021 to 888-777 for updates on public safety, street closures, weather alerts, transit updates and more. #INAUG2021

It may not be your turn for the COVID-19 vaccine, but you can make sure you’re in the know. Sign-up at  http://coronavir...
01/15/2021

It may not be your turn for the COVID-19 vaccine, but you can make sure you’re in the know. Sign-up at http://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc for updates to learn when the District registry opens for other groups. #GetVaccinatedDC

It may not be your turn for the COVID-19 vaccine, but you can make sure you’re in the know. Sign-up at http://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc for updates to learn when the District registry opens for other groups. #GetVaccinatedDC

If you see or hear things that appear out of the ordinary, contact police:For immediate threats or emergencies, call: 91...
01/15/2021

If you see or hear things that appear out of the ordinary, contact police:
For immediate threats or emergencies, call: 911
For suspicious activity or behavior, call: (202) 727-9099
Use MPD’s iWATCH website: http://iwatchdc.org
Use MPD’s Text Tip Line at: 50411

If you see or hear things that appear out of the ordinary, contact police:
For immediate threats or emergencies, call: 911
For suspicious activity or behavior, call: (202) 727-9099
Use MPD’s iWATCH website: http://iwatchdc.org
Use MPD’s Text Tip Line at: 50411

Get updates on the 59th Presidential Inauguration from DC Government. Text INAUG2021 to 888-777 for updates on public sa...
01/15/2021

Get updates on the 59th Presidential Inauguration from DC Government. Text INAUG2021 to 888-777 for updates on public safety, street closures, weather alerts, transit updates and more. #INAUG2021

Get updates on the 59th Presidential Inauguration from DC Government. Text INAUG2021 to 888-777 for updates on public safety, street closures, weather alerts, transit updates and more. #INAUG2021

Get updates on the 59th Presidential Inauguration from DC Government. Text INAUG2021 to 888-777 for updates on public sa...
01/12/2021

Get updates on the 59th Presidential Inauguration from DC Government. Text INAUG2021 to 888-777 for updates on public safety, street closures, weather alerts, transit updates and more. #INAUG2021

Get updates on the 59th Presidential Inauguration from DC Government. Text INAUG2021 to 888-777 for updates on public safety, street closures, weather alerts, transit updates and more. #INAUG2021

Having people over for the holiday weekend? When around people outside of your household, you should still wear a mask a...
09/04/2020

Having people over for the holiday weekend? When around people outside of your household, you should still wear a mask and social distance.

Uncertainty around COVID-19 can make it difficult to manage anxiety and stress. If you need help coping, you can talk to...
09/04/2020

Uncertainty around COVID-19 can make it difficult to manage anxiety and stress. If you need help coping, you can talk to a mental health clinician anytime. Call 1-888-793-4357.

Graphic reads: Mental Health Hotline: Anxious about COVID-19?

We're here to help. Call the District's Mental Health Hotline at 1-888-793-4357 if you are experiencing stress and anxiety related to COVID-19.

Next week, the student grocery distribution sites are closed on Monday, Sept. 7. Students and families should visit a si...
09/03/2020

Next week, the student grocery distribution sites are closed on Monday, Sept. 7. Students and families should visit a site on Friday for fresh fruits, vegetables, and non-perishable groceries. The free meal sites are also closed on Monday, Sept. 7. for a complete list of sites, visit: coronavirus.dc.gov/food
Graphic reads: Grocery distribution sites are open on Friday, September 4 are open from 10 am -11:30 am.
All sites are closed on Monday, September 7, 2020.

Have COVID-19 symptoms? Get a test. NeedATestGetATest.comGraphic reads: People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of sy...
08/27/2020

Have COVID-19 symptoms? Get a test. NeedATestGetATest.com

Graphic reads: People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported-- ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
--Cough
--Repeated Shaking with Chills
--Fever
--Sore Throat
--Headache
--Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
--New Loss of Taste or Smell
--Muscle Pain

08/26/2020

In honor of Women's Equality Day, DC Office of Disability Rights would like to highlight the contributions that some of the phenomenal women in our agency have made during their careers with DC Government. #WomensEqualityDay

Ashley Grant - ODR Administrative Assistant: Though Administrative Assistant Ashley Grant has only been with the Office of Disability Rights for a short time, she has been instrumental in the daily operations of the agency since the beginning of the pandemic. From making sure our constituents receive timely resources to fulfilling American Sign Language requests and effectively facilitating the logistics of ODR's virtual training and community events, Ms. Grant's position and roles are invaluable to the agency.

Susie McFadden-Resper - ODR ADA Compliance Specialist - Public Works: As a twelve year veteran of the District Government, ODR ADA Specialist Susie McFadden-Resper possesses great empathy as a person with disabilities and works tirelessly in making sure District residents with disabilities have access to appropriate District services, while enabling them to maintain and obtain their independence and improving the quality of life for themselves and their loved ones.

Jessica Hunt - ODR Attorney Advisor: Women attorneys with disabilities are under -represented. As an eight year veteran of the District Government, Attorney Advisor Jessica Hunt serves as an integral part in fulfilling the Office of Disability Rights' mission in making the Americans with Disabilities Act relevant and enforceable across the District Government while tearing down the stereotypical attitudes placed against women attorneys with disabilities in the legal profession.

From the DC Developmental Disabilities Council--HOUSING OPPORTUNITY: Petworth Station #ADAHousing #DC[Image description:...
08/26/2020

From the DC Developmental Disabilities Council--HOUSING OPPORTUNITY: Petworth Station #ADAHousing #DC
[Image description: A dark blue flyer that announces new housing in PETWORTH STATION in big, capitalized white font. The description is "Find convenience and affordability in Petworth Station. Newly renovated apartment buildings in the Heart of Petworth DC. Featuring bright and functional Studios, One, and Two Bedroom Apartment homes. Just blocks away from metro rail and bus stop just outside of your door. Never go far to handle your business, with any store you can think of within blocks, a train, or bus ride away. Modern Convenience waits for you at Petworth Station." It also includes the address and phone number "930 Randolph Street, NW Washington, DC. 20011833-667-6488". All of these are in gold text. They also have two pictures of the green light Green Ave-Petworth Metro station (The sign and the bicycle stand by the bus stop) and a PETWORTH mural. The website is PetworthStation.com in white font with the realtors being WCSmith. A white square has APPLY NOW in gold, big capitalized font.]

Grocery sites will be available throughout the District to provide fresh fruits, vegetables, and non-perishables to fami...
08/12/2020

Grocery sites will be available throughout the District to provide fresh fruits, vegetables, and non-perishables to familes. For a complete listing of sites, visit: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/food

08/11/2020
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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA MULTIMODAL ACCESSIBILITY ADVISORY COUNCIL VIRTUAL COUNCIL MEETING

When: August 12, 2020 Time: 5:30 pm –7:30 pm

Link to Meeting: Zoom Virtual Platform https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87861742783#success

If you wish to call into the meeting, dial 929-436-2866 and use Meeting ID: 878 6174 2783

The Multimodal Accessibility Advisory Council (MAAC) serves as the advisory body to the Mayor, the Council, and District agencies on making local transit and public space in the District more accessible to persons with disabilities.

This meeting is open to the public. ASL interpretation will be provided

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Join the DC Hope/ Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) COVID-19 Virtual Support Group! Thursday, August 6, 1:30 p.m. ...
08/03/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: DC Hope/COVID-19 Support Group . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Join the DC Hope/ Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) COVID-19 Virtual Support Group!

Thursday, August 6, 1:30 p.m.

Sign-up at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqd-ygrTgiGNFHbwNftg6m1lkdWky0XM97

• Medical Resource Update: COVID 19 symptoms • Emergency warning signs, • List of high risk population • List of high risk conditions • Prevention and slow down transmission • List of testing centers

DC Office of Disability Rights (ODR)
07/26/2020

DC Office of Disability Rights (ODR)

Thank you Mayor Bowser for recognizing the importance of the Americans with Disabilities Act and how the 30th anniversary of this pivotal legislation is an incredible milestone in the history of people with disabilities. #ADA30 #ThanksToTheADA

View Mayor’s #ADA30 statement in plain text below:

“Today, we celebrate one of our nation’s most significant civil rights laws. Washington, DC is proud to be a city that values inclusion – in our hearts, minds, habits, and policies. As we reflect on 30 years of progress, we also recommit to continuing the work of breaking down barriers and ensuring we fulfill the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act: equal opportunity, independence, and inclusion for all.”

Happy 30th anniversary to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Grateful for those who came before me and fought to...
07/26/2020

Happy 30th anniversary to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Grateful for those who came before me and fought to allow me and so many others rights. I’m committed to continuing on the fight until there is full and equal access for all. #ADA30 #DisabilityJustice Julia Wolhandler

In recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Office of  Mayor Bowser issued ...
07/26/2020

In recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Office of Mayor Bowser issued a proclamation reminding all Washingtonians of the progress that we have made in ensuring the civil rights of people with disabilities.

View Mayor Bowser’s plain text proclamation here: https://bit.ly/2WVl3bu

Thank you Mayor Bowser for recognizing the importance of the Americans with Disabilities Act and how the 30th anniversar...
07/26/2020

Thank you Mayor Bowser for recognizing the importance of the Americans with Disabilities Act and how the 30th anniversary of this pivotal legislation is an incredible milestone in the history of people with disabilities. #ADA30 #ThanksToTheADA

View Mayor’s #ADA30 statement in plain text below:

“Today, we celebrate one of our nation’s most significant civil rights laws. Washington, DC is proud to be a city that values inclusion – in our hearts, minds, habits, and policies. As we reflect on 30 years of progress, we also recommit to continuing the work of breaking down barriers and ensuring we fulfill the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act: equal opportunity, independence, and inclusion for all.”

Beginning Monday, July 27, anyone coming into Washington, DC from a high-risk area who was not traveling for essential a...
07/24/2020

Beginning Monday, July 27, anyone coming into Washington, DC from a high-risk area who was not traveling for essential activities will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The order excludes Maryland and Virginia.

Read the full order here: https://bit.ly/2ZViZlE

Are you homebound because of COVID-19? We’re here to help. To request food and other essentials:☎️ Call: 1-888-349-8323💻...
07/24/2020

Are you homebound because of COVID-19? We’re here to help. To request food and other essentials:
☎️ Call: 1-888-349-8323
💻 Online: coronavirus.dc.gov/gethelp

07/24/2020
Mayor Bowser

Mayor Bowser

LIVE: Coronavirus (COVID-19) situational update July 24.

‪Thank you Assistant City Administrator (ACA) Jay Melder for inspiring the DC Office of Disability Rights’  #ADA30 socia...
07/24/2020

‪Thank you Assistant City Administrator (ACA) Jay Melder for inspiring the DC Office of Disability Rights’ #ADA30 social media campaign where District employees and disability community shared what the monumental Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) means and how it affects us all—for people with and without disabilities.‬

‪View ACA Melder’s #ThanksToTheADA statement below:

As the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is upon us this July, the DC Office of Disability Rights (ODR) collected brief statements from District employees and disability community stakeholders on what the this monumental legislation means and how it affects us all—for people with and without disabilities.

Jay Melder, Assistant City Administrator District of Columbia Government

Due to inclement weather, the public testing sites at Judiciary Square and Anacostia will be closed on Friday, July 24.
07/24/2020

Due to inclement weather, the public testing sites at Judiciary Square and Anacostia will be closed on Friday, July 24.

The DC Office of Disability Rights’ first director Eve Hill, one of the nation’s leading disability rights attorneys, ha...
07/23/2020

The DC Office of Disability Rights’ first director Eve Hill, one of the nation’s leading disability rights attorneys, has devoted her career to advocacy on behalf of individuals with disabilities and their families.

#ThanksToTheADA

View Eve’s #ADA30 reflection in plain text below:

"For me, the biggest impact of the ADA is the difference it has made in our broader community. When I started this work, people would routinely say to me “well, I don’t know any people with disabilities” because people with disabilities were trapped in institutions and “special” schools and “special” workplaces. But now people with disabilities are everywhere, doing everything. And our society’s expectations about what people with disabilities can do have been blown out of the water. So I’m thankful to the ADA every day and for the people with disabilities I get to know and work with."

Address

441 4th St NW, Ste 729N
Washington D.C., DC
20001

Metro - Red Line Metro Stop: Judiciary Square

General information

What We Do: 1) Resolve disability discrimination complaints 2) Monitor agencies' ADA Compliance Plans 3) Work with agencies' designated ADA Coordinators 4) Olmstead (community integration) planning 5) Make policy and budget recommendations for improving access to people with disabilities 6) ADA training and technical assistance

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

Telephone

(202) 724-5055

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Get updates on the 59th Presidential Inauguration from DC Government. Text INAUG2021 to 888-777 for updates on public safety, street closures, weather alerts, transit updates and more. #INAUG2021
It may not be your turn for the COVID-19 vaccine, but you can make sure you’re in the know. Sign-up at http://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc for updates to learn when the District registry opens for other groups.# GetVaccinatedDC
Get updates on the 59th Presidential Inauguration from DC Government. Text INAUG2021 to 888-777 for updates on public safety, street closures, weather alerts, transit updates and more. #INAUG2021
Get updates on the 59th Presidential Inauguration from DC Government. Text INAUG2021 to 888-777 for updates on public safety, street closures, weather alerts, transit updates and more.#INAUG2021
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