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Self Advocacy Toolkits

The ERC firmly believes that a well-informed public is the greatest tool in the advancement of civil rights.  To help empower individuals and promote self-advocacy tips, the ERC has developed toolkits covering issues including employment, housing, immigrant rights, and disability.

To request a hard copy of any ERC toolkit, please contact the Communications and Outreach office.



Employment Pocket ToolkitAmericans with Disabilities Act Employment Toolkit

Have you experienced discrimination in your place of work? Learn how to advocate for your rights and create positive change in your employment.

Read an accessible version of the Americans with Disabilities Act Employment Toolkit>>




Veterans with Disabilities ToolkitDownload the Veterans with Disabilites Toolkit

There are more than half a million veterans who have experienced burns, amputations, traumatic brain injury, paralysis, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and other conditiona that substantially limits your life activities.

The federal Fair Housing Act protects the rights of veterans with disabilities who are seeking equal access to housing. This toolkit is designed to assist veterans with disabilites advocate for equal opportunity in housing across the country. 

Read an accessible version of the Veterans with Disabilites Toolkit >>

Sexual Harassment and Fair Housing Toolkit coverSexual Harassment and Fair Housing Toolkit

The ERC is proud to announce the publication of our newest self-advocacy toolkit, which adds to the ever-growing list of ERC resources available to those who face discrimination in housing. The Sexual Harassment and Fair Housing Toolkit addresses the issues that many individuals face regarding unwanted sexual harassment in a housing environment.


Click here to read an accessible version of the toolkit>> 



FHA coverFair Housing Act Checklist

The purpose of the Fair Housing Act Checklist: A Guide to Accessible Design and Construction Compliance (FHA Checklist) is to highlight regulations as they apply to “covered” multifamily dwellings. Covered multifamily buildings are defined by the Fair Housing Act (FHA) as buildings with four or more dwelling units that are newly constructed for first occupancy on or after March 13, 1991. This checklist is organized along the seven technical requirements of the FHA; certain deviations in sequencing have been made to enhance the usability of the checklist during a site survey.

Cover image of "Fair Housing Act Best Practices HandbooFair Housing Act Best Practices Handbook

This handbook highlights compliance oversights made during design and construction which are common among projects subject to the Fair Housing Act (the Act). It can be used as a guide by design and construction professionals. Practical solutions to consider for mitigating oversights are offered and are based on lessons learned. This document is not a safe harbor for compliance with the Act; departures from solutions recommended in this guide are acceptable as long as the solution selected achieves compliance with the requirements of the Act.



National Origin and Religion Fair Housing ToolkitNational Origin and Religion Fair Housing Toolkit

This ERC self-advocacy toolkit is specifically designed to assist people who may experience discrimination based on their race, national origin, or religion, and will help them assert their rights under the Fair Housing Act.


Apartment and Condo Fair Housing Accessibility ToolkitApartment and Condo Fair Housing Accessibility Toolkit

Learn how to ensure your home is accessible. Multifamily housing providers must build and make available housing units that meet accessibility requirements. This toolkit is designed to inform renters or condo purchasers with a disability of their rights in multi-family housing and how to request a further modification or accommodation to a property.

Read an accessible version of the Apartment and Condo Fair Housing Accessibility Toolkit>>


Reasonable Accommodations and Modifications Toolkit

 An Accessibility Self-Advocacy Toolkit

Break down barriers to accessibility. Accessibility laws ensure that, either through structural changes to the building or changes in rules and policies, people with disabilities have equal access and enjoyment of their home. This toolkit is specifically designed to help people with disabilities identify and address problems they encounter in housing.

Read an accessible version of the Accessibility Self-Advocacy Toolkit>>

Immigrant Rights

Know Your Rights; Immigrant Rights Handbook

"Know Your Rights" Immigrant Rights Handbook

(“Conozca Sus Derechos” Manual Sobre los Derechos del Inmigrante)

Immigration status should not effect discrimination. Civil rights laws protect all people from illegal discrimination, regardless of their immigration status.  Each individual has the right to pursue and exercise his or her civil rights by making complaints despite what his or her immigration status may be.



Disability Rights

United Way toolkit coverAccessible Health Care and Self Advocacy Toolkit

The ability to access affordable, quality, and accessible medical care promotes the wellbeing and active participation of all people in their communities and in the workforce. The lack of accessible health care facilities, equipment, and services too often means compromised medical diagnoses and treatment, to the detriment of patients with disabilities.

This toolkit is designed to inform individuals with disabilities about the rights to accessible health care, and how to effectively advocate for yourself when experiencing discrimination in the health care setting.


Read an accessible version of this toolkit>>


Assistance Animal Users' Public Accommodations and Fair HousAssistance Animal Users’ Public Accommodations and Fair Housing Toolkit

From guide dogs that help blind individuals navigate their surroundings, to cats that provide emotional support to people suffering from depression, there are numerous types of assistance animals available to people with disabilities. However, federal laws governing the right to be accompanied by these animals in various settings can be confusing.  This toolkit is designed to help define and categorize the different types of assistance animals, and to inform those who use an assistance animal of their rights and what they can do if they experience discrimination.  

Read an accessible version of the Assistance Animal Toolkit>>


Public Accommodations Self-Advocacy ToolkitPublic Accommodations Self-Advocacy Toolkit

When faced with discrimination, it is often difficult to figure out what steps you must take to resolve the issue. This toolkit is specifically designed to help people with disabilities identify and address problems they encounter when attempting to access any public place.

Read an accessible version of the Public Accommodations Self-Advocacy Toolkit>>



DV DR toolkit coverServing Survivors of Domestic Violence who have a Disability

This toolkit provides domestic violence advocates with disability education and resources.  It gives an overview of what a disability is, how disability can affect and be affected by domestic violence, language etiquette, and then provides a list of easy and often free accommodations which can be implemented.

Read an accessible version of the toolkit >>



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