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Note:  Inclusion in this resource list does not constitute endorsement by the DC Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), nor does omission imply non-endorsement. The DDC’s goal is to provide you with information on some key resources available within the community. Please contact us if you know of a useful resource missing from the list at (202) 724-8612.

Office of Disability Rights (ODR)

One Judiciary Square
441 4th Street NW Suite 729N
Washington, DC 20001

Telephone: (202) 724-5055    
TTY:              (202) 727-3363    
Email:          [email protected]
Website:      http://odr.dc.gov

ODR is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the City's obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as other disability rights laws.

Department of Disability Services (DDS)

1125 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Telephone: (202) 730-1700    
Toll free:      1-866-923-5644    
Email:          [email protected]
Website:      http://dds.dc.gov

DDS provides services to more than 10,000 residents with disabilities through its two administrations. Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) offers training and other services aimed at assisting people with disabilities to prepare for and retain employment. The Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) provides services that enable people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live meaningful and productive lives in our community. 

Office of Human Rights (OHR)

One Judiciary Square
441 4th Street NW Suite 570N
Washington, DC 20001

Telephone: (202) 727-4559    
Fax:              (202) 727-9589
Website:     http://ohr.dc.gov

OHR seeks to eradicate discrimination, increase equal opportunity, and protect human rights in the city.

DC Department of Behavioral Health (DBH)

64 New York Avenue, NE, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20002

Telephone:                     (202) 673-7440    
24-Hour Helpline:         (888) 793-4357    
TDD Access Helpline: (202) 673-7500    
Website:                          http://dmh.dc.gov

DMH provides emergency care and comprehensive mental health services and supports to District residents in need of the public mental health system.

DC Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF)

441 4th Street, NW Suite 900S
Washington, DC 20001

Telephone: (202) 442-5988    
Website:      http://dhcf.dc.gov

The mission of the DHCF to improve health outcomes by providing access to comprehensive, cost-effective and quality healthcare services for residents of the District of Columbia.

Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)

810 First Street, NE, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20002

Telephone: (202) 727-6436    
Website:      http://osse.dc.gov/

OSSE is a high-performing, transparent agency that sets proactive policies, exercises vigilant oversight, and directs resources that guarantee residents educated in the District of Columbia are among the highest performers in the nation; fully prepared for successful postsecondary learning and employment in the creative economy.

OSSE Division of Early Childhood Education

Website:      http://osse.dc.gov/service/early-childhood-education

The Division of Early Childhood Education (“ECE”) provides leadership and coordination to ensure that all District of Columbia children, from birth to kindergarten entrance, have access to high quality early childhood development programs and are well prepared for school.

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS)

1200 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Telephone: (202) 442-5885    
Website:      http://dcps.dc.gov

DCPS provides quality education, ensures a safe and secure learning environment, and provides support services to DC school children.

DC Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC)

500 K Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Telephone: (202) 724-5626    
Website:      http://adrc.dc.gov

Provided by the DC Office on Aging, the DC ADRC is a program in collaboration with other government agencies and private organizations to provide one central location for services assisting District residents age 60 and older and persons with disabilities age 18 and older.

DC Housing Authority

1133 North Capitol Street, NE
Washington, DC 20001

Telephone: (202) 535-1500
Website:      http://www.dchousing.org

Accessible housing options for renters: DC Housing Search for Renters

Accessible housing options for buyers: DC Housing Search for Buyers

The District of Columbia Housing Authority is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the District of Columbia for low and moderate income households by providing and effectively managing affordable housing that is diverse and aesthetically pleasing.

Serve DC’s Disability Inclusion Initiative 

The Mayor's Office on Volunteerism
Franklin D. Reeves Municipal Center
2000 14th Street, NW, Suite 101
Washington, DC 20009

Telephone: (202) 727-7925    
Website:      Serve DC Inclusion Initiative

The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism encourages people with disabilities to participate as National Service members in the District of Columbia.  A priority of the Corporation for National and Community Service and Serve DC is the full and proactive inclusion of individuals with disabilities in service. Under federal law, National Service program sites that include AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve, and Senior Corps are required to comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

ADA Technical Assistance Hotline

Main Number: 1-800-514-0301    
TTY:                   1-800-514-0383    
Website:           http://www.ada.gov

Provides free technical assistance and informational materials to people with disabilities, businesses, state and local government agencies, and the general public to help them understand their rights and responsibilities under Titles II and III of the ADA.


Website:      http://www.disabilityinfo.gov/

Disability.gov offers a broad range of valuable information, not only for people with disabilities, but also for community and faith-based organizations, caregivers, state Medicaid agencies and service providers of all kinds working to maintain the independence of people with a range of physical or mental impairments.