Disability Law & Rights

EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION

Individuals with disabilities are woefully underrepresented in America’s workforce. More often than not, this is due to biases and misconceptions about the ability of workers with disabilities. Even though we are more than 20 years out from the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, there is a difficult environment for employees with disabilities.

Our attorneys have had years of experience with federal and state laws and regulations that protect individuals with disabilities regarding their ability to earn a living. If you have been denied a job or promotion due to your impairment or terminated because of your disability, there may be relief available to you. Or if you are already employed and require accommodations at work, you may be entitled to assistance from your employer. Gowen Rhoades Winograd & Silva, PLLC can help you in making sure your livelihood is not compromised because you have a disability.

ACCESSIBILITY

America has come a long way in making sure society is accessible for individuals with disabilities. Yet there are still aspects of society that remain inaccessible. Whether it is a doctor’s office that cannot be accessed by a wheelchair or a conference that fails to offer sign language interpretation, sometimes facets of public and private services are inaccessible. Our attorneys will work with you and the business or service you want access to in order to make sure you are able to enjoy access.

VETERAN’S BENEFITS

Our staff is accredited to appear before the Department of Veterans Affairs if you have served our country and now have a disability due to your service.

HOUSING DISCRIMINATION

As a potential renter or tenant you may be protected under the law if you were discriminated against because of your disability. You should be able to rent an house or apartment regardless of your disability and your dwelling should be accessible so you can enjoy the property. Gowen Rhoades Winograd & Silva, PLLC will work with landlords and renters to make sure you have a proper place to call home.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

If your child has a disability, you need to make sure his or her needs are being met so as to receive a proper education. Our attorneys will work with you and the school district to make sure a proper individualized education plan is put in place or that such a plan is being followed.

HIGHER EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL LICENSING

Access to a professional career should not be denied because you have a disability. The right to employment can sometimes be contingent on attaining an undergraduate and post-graduate degree. Therefore, Gowen Rhoades Winograd & Silva, PLLC offers assistance in attaining accommodations for high-stakes tests and licensing exams as well as making sure your impairment is not improperly used against you when seeking licensure.

DISABILITY BENEFITS

See our page on disability benefits.