The Attorney General's Office enforces federal and state laws protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities. The AGO enforces Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Massachusetts Public Accommodation Law ( M.G.L. c. 272, s. 92A, 98, and 92A), and the Massachusetts Equal Rights Act ( M.G.L. c. 93, s.103 ), and focuses on eliminating discriminatory barriers to services, programs, and ensuring accommodations for people with disabilities.

Individual With Disability - Defined
An individual with a disability is a person:

  • with a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;
  • who has a history of such an impairment; or
  • who is perceived (even if erroneously) as having such an impairment.

Among the many issues the AGO works to address are the following:

  • Fair housing rights for individuals with disabilities.
  • Access to town and municipal meetings, polling sites, and other governmental programs and services.
  • Access to retail establishments, restaurants, stores, transportation, entertainment facilities and other places of public accommodation.

The Attorney General works collaboratively with other state attorneys general and the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and various state agencies, in addition to working cooperatively with a network of local disability rights advocates, commissions, independent living centers, community access monitors, and others in the disability community.