For more than 30 years the ERC has been advancing the rights of people with disabilities. Today, more than 50 million people in the United States, approximately one in five, have some type of disability.

D isability can be temporary or chronic, acquired at birth or later in life, and, of all the protected classes, it is one of the only protected classes in which anyone at any time may find him or herself a member.

The ERC takes a multifaceted approach to protecting and advocating for the civil rights of people with disabilities, with a goal of assuring that people with disabilities have the same choices and opportunities that people without disabilities enjoy every day.

While people with disabilities have the same protections under the law as any other protected group seeking housingemployment, shopping opportunities, or government services, there are additional requirements that relate specifically to how buildings are designed. Even though accessibility laws are comprehensive, there are many exemptions and technicalities that make understanding design requirements difficult to providers as well as those trying to take advantage of goods and services.

The ERC is a nationwide leader in promoting and guaranteeing accessibility rights, and through our efforts:

  • More than 40,000 retail locations, including grocery stores, movie theaters, restaurants, stores, etc.
  • Over 25,000 multi-family housing apartments and condominiums
  • More than 1,100 healthcare facilities, including hospitals and clinics
  • Almost 30 government buildings, including libraries, police stations, and emergency shelters

Are now accessible to people with disabilities.



WASHINGTON, D.C., October 22, 2014— Today, the Equal Rights Center (ERC) —a national non-profit civil rights organization—filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Kohl’s Corporation and Kohl’s Department Stores, Inc. (Kohl’s), a Wisconsin-based department store retail chain. The suit alleges that Kohl’s violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the New York Human Rights Law by discriminating against customers with mobility disabilities at department store locations nationwide.

WASHINGTON, DC – January 5, 2016, In a settlement resolving a long-pending litigation, Equity Residential based in Chicago, Illinois, has reached agreement with the Equal Rights Center (ERC) – a national civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C. – with respect to accessible housing for people with disabilities in Equity Residential communities.

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