What Are Your Legal Rights As Disabled Alabamians
People with disabilities in Alabama have the right to access a variety of resources and services that are available through various government and private organizations. These rights may include but are not limited to, access to medical care, education, employment opportunities, housing assistance, and more. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the most common legal rights for disabled Alabamians.
Access to Medical Care
Under Alabama law, individuals with disabilities have a right to access quality medical care without discrimination. This includes doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and mental health professionals who provide specialized care for patients with disabilities. Additionally, any healthcare provider that receives funding from the State must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities.
Alabama law also guarantees disabled individuals the right to receive a public school education without discrimination or segregation. Schools are required to make reasonable accommodations necessary for students with disabilities so they can receive full benefits from their educational programming. Furthermore, disability status does not disqualify an individual from receiving financial aid or other forms of assistance for their educational pursuits.
Disabled individuals have the same rights as non-disabled individuals when it comes to seeking employment in Alabama. Employers must not discriminate against potential employees on the basis of their disability status and must make reasonable accommodations as needed for employees with disabilities so they can perform essential duties of their job successfully. Additionally, employers are prohibited from asking questions regarding an applicant’s disability unless those questions pertain directly to the job requirements and responsibilities expected of an applicant or employee’s performance at work.
Alabamans who are disabled have legal rights under fair housing laws that protect them from being discriminated against when searching for housing options either through rentals or purchases in residential areas throughout the state. Disability status is one of several protected classes listed in Alabama’s Fair Housing laws that prohibits certain kinds of discrimination by landlords or sellers when evaluating applications submitted by renters or buyers based on their disability status alone.
Finally, disabled Alabamians have access to numerous programs designed specifically for individuals facing different types of physical or mental impairments such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Medicaid benefits that offer financial assistance depending on an individual’s financial situation and level of impairment caused by their disability diagnosis.
Alabama has some strong protections in place for its citizens living with disabilities that offer them equal opportunity regardless of their circumstances allowing them to participate fully in society without challenge or prejudice due to their disability status alone. If you or a loved one needs help with a disability claim, please contact me to learn more about how I can help you.