What's at Stake

The ACLU strives for an America free of discrimination against people with disabilities, where people with disabilities are valued, integrated members of society who have full access to education, homes, health care, jobs, and families. We are also committed to ensuring people with disabilities are no longer segregated into, and overrepresented in, civil and criminal institutions such as nursing homes, psychiatric hospitals, jails, and prisons.


Current Issues

Integration and Autonomy of People with Disabilities

People in the United States are profoundly uncomfortable with people who have disabilities, especially significant or visible disabilities. This has led, consciously or unconsciously, to health care, housing, and employment that segregates people with disabilities from the rest of society.

Disability Rights and Criminal Justice

The ACLU supports reducing the use of the United States’ jail and prison systems to warehouse people with mental and physical disabilities. We support efforts within the criminal justice system to identify and work with a person’s disability in rehabilitative efforts.

Disability Rights and Education

The ACLU supports equal access to educational opportunities for people with disabilities. We promote an education system that is free from punitive disciplinary methods—such as corporal punishment, restraint and seclusion, and bullying—and inappropriate and overused suspensions and expulsions. We oppose the use of vouchers and separate schools that further segregate and impoverish the education of students with disabilities.


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