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Office on Disability

The Health and Human Services Office on Disability (OD) oversees the implementation and coordination of disability programs, policies and special initiatives in HHS pertaining to the health and health-related programs for over 54 million persons with disabilities in the United States. The Director of the Office reports to the Secretary and serves as an advisor on HHS activities related to disabilities.

OD is (a) the key advocate for persons with disabilities in HHS; (b) the coordinator of special efforts on behalf of disability policy and programs across HHS agencies; and (c) the administrator of several special programs in support of improved health and wellness services for people with disabilities. It has played a significant role in breaking down barriers between and among HHS agencies so that their cooperation and coordination on projects related to improved health and wellness for persons with disabilities are successful. In addition, it has endeavored to reach out to all groups and constituents who wish to have input into the health system by regular meetings with constituent groups and advocates and through its Website.


  • 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
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  • General Information 

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