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Special Topics in Civil Rights

Child Welfare Services including Adoption and Foster Care – Agencies and entities that receive federal financial assistance may not discriminate in the delivery of child welfare services

Community Living and Olmstead – Serving people with disabilities in the most integrated setting is an important part of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Effective Communication in Hospitals – Gives hospitals tools, information, and other technical assistance to meet communication challenges

Emergency Preparedness and Response – Nondiscrimination is essential in all emergency preparedness activities

Health Disparities – Differences in rates of disease and health outcomes, which can negatively affect certain racial or ethnic groups

HIV/AIDS – OCR enforces federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination by health care and human service providers against people with HIV/AIDS.

Limited English Proficiency (LEP) – May make access to healthcare or social services difficult for certain people

National Origin Discrimination – Prohibited under federal civil rights laws

Environmental Justice – The fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income in the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) – Provides time-limited assistance and work opportunities to needy families to promote self-sufficiency

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Content last reviewed on September 20, 2015