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Office on Disability

The Health and Human Services Office on Disability was created in October 2002 in response to President Bush's New Freedom Initiative (NFI). The office oversees the implementation and coordination of disability programs, policies and special initiatives pertaining to the over 54 million persons with disabilities in the United States. The New Freedom Initiative established seven distinct domains in the area of disability: community integration, education, employment, health, housing, technology, and transportation. The Office on Disability focuses its efforts on these seven domains. The Director of the Office reports to the Secretary and serves as an advisor on HHS activities related to disabilities.


  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Office on Disability Fact Sheets
  • Federal Agencies
  • Additional Information
  • New Freedom Initiative (NFI) Executive Order
  • Olmstead Supreme Court Decision

Community Integration

  • Disability Law
  • Accessibility
  • Emergency Preparedness Executive Order for Persons with Disabilities
  • Independent Living
  • President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID)
  • Recreation
  • Tax Facts
  • International


  • Youth with Disabilities Education
  • Adult Education
  • Vocational Rehabilitation


  • Resources for Employees
  • Resources for Employers

Resource Locators

  • Find Disability-Related Information in your Community

Health and Human Services

  • Aging and Older Adult
  • Children and Youth
  • Disability Categories
    • Chronic Medical Disorders
    • Cognitive Disorders
    • Intellectual Disorders
    • Mental Health and Substance Abuse
    • Physical Disorders
    • Sensory Disorders
  • Health and Wellness
    • Surgeon General’s Call to Action
    • Physical Fitness and Health
    • Reports/Fact Sheets
    • Women’s Health
  • Medicare/Medicaid Services


  • Homeownership
  • Universal Design

Information Technology

  • Federal Information
  • Non-Federal Information


  • Over the Road Travel
  • Travel by Air and Train
  • General Information 

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