Federal Agencies and Federally-Funded Centers Working on Disability and Higher Education

This list is meant to be a brief guide to help get you started - not a comprehensive listing. For more information about any of the resources below, please click on links or contact the NCCSD. Also check out our list of national organizations working on disability and higher education.

The Search box on the homepage of this website may also be helpful in finding related information, and feedback or questions are always welcome at NCCSD@ahead.org.

Federal Agencies and Departments

National Council on Disability is an independent agency that advises the President and Congress on disability issues; has several resources about higher education issues

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Justice

  • The Civil Rights Division enforces compliance with the ADA and nondiscrimination statutes based on disability; they would typically investigate campus-wide discrimination or noncompliance issues (not individual complaints)

U.S Department of Labor

Department is responsible for workforce preparation, occupational safety, and other employment issues;

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC)

U.S. Social Security Administration

Federally-Funded National Centers

  • National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD) is the organization that created this clearinghouse; does research and offers technical assistance on disability and higher education .
  • The National Deaf Center is a technical assistance and dissemination center that supports postsecondary outcomes for individuals who are deaf, deafblind, deafdisabled, hard of hearing, or late deafened.
  • Think College has four different grant projects from the U.S. Department of Education, with a mission of promoting more inclusive college opportunities for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have traditionally been excluded from higher education.
  • National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) helps school systems and vocational rehabilitation agencies improve transition outcomes for students with disabilities, including higher education .