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News | December, 14 2023

Access to Justice is Disability Access

Why Disability Access is an Access to Justice Issue People with disabilities continue to face attitudinal, legal, communication, physical, and economic barriers across legal systems. A critical component of ensuring access to justice for all is addressing barriers faced by those with disabilities. In his report to the President reestablishing the Office for Access to Justice, Attorney General Garland noted the importance of “enhancing the navigability of the justice system through technology, disability, language, and cultural access.”1 The Office for Access to Justice, including in its efforts to staff and direct the work of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable, is tasked with “assist[ing] the United States with implementation of Goal 16 of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable institutions across all levels,” including for people with disabilities. Advancing access to the promises and protections of the American legal system for persons with disabilities is an inextricable part of the mission of the Office for Access to Justice.