You Have the Right to be Free From Discrimination

Americans with Disabilities Act

The major federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability, including blindness, is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In addition to prohibiting employment discrimination (Title 1) this act also ensures participation in public activities, programs, and transportation (Title II), as well as access to public accommodations (Title III). For specific provisions of the ADA visit the ADA web site or call the ADA Information Line at (800) 514-0301. For employment discrimination violations under Title I of the ADA you should contact the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission. Charges of discrimination may be filed at any EEOC field office, which are located throughout the 50 states and are listed in most telephone directories under "U.S. Government." For the appropriate EEOC field office in your geographic area, call (800) 669-4000 or visit the EEOC web site. For Title II violations of the ADA that deal with access to public activities (such as education, recreation, health care, social services, and voting) contact the U.S. Department of Justice at the address below. To report violations regarding the use of, and access to, public transportation (such as city buses and rail transit), you may file a complaint with the

U.S. Department of Transportation.
U.S. Department of Justice,
Civil Rights Division Disability Rights Section -NYAV
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530 Phone:
(800) 514-0301

Office of Civil Rights
Federal Transit Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation
400 Seventh Street, S.W. Room 9102
Washington, D.C. 20590
Web site:
Phone: (888) 446-4511

Maryland's White Cane Law

The major state law that protects people from discrimination based on blindness is the Maryland White Cane law prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and in public accommodations, and ensuring access to public facilities, streets, sidewalks, and other public places in the State of Maryland. The law includes special provisions for blind and visually impaired pedestrians as it instructs drivers to be observant of blind and visually impaired pedestrians using a white cane or guide dog to navigate public transportation. The law also guarantees a blind person the right to be accompanied by a specially trained dog guide in all public accommodations and on all forms of public transportation. read the Maryland White Cane law in MS Word format. If you feel your rights have been denied under The White Cane Law, contact the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights or the Human Relations Commission for the county in which you live. If the human relations commission finds that discrimination occurred and the employer refuses to settle, the complainant may go to state or federal court for a remedy. Having a state court remedy was added to Maryland law in 2007.

Maryland’s Genetic Information - Non-discrimination in Employment Law (HB 18/SB 2)

HB 18/SB 2 is the state law, enacted in 2001, that prohibits discrimination in the workplace on the basis of genetic information. This law is important because some causes of blindness are genetic. Read the genetics discrimination law in MS Word format. Read the genetics discrimination law in PDF format.


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