William and Mary Law School

Disability Law Research

November 2013
Updated by Paul Hellyer

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Some resources on this page are subscription databases that require a W&M ID and password for off-campus access.  

Lexis and Westlaw require individual IDs and passwords for both off-campus and on-campus access


Library Materials

Library Catalog

To search for books, journals, and audiovisual materials held by William & Mary libraries, use the online catalog.

Search Tips:

  • Subject Query: 'people with disabilities'
  • Individual jurisdictions can be searched, e.g. 'people with disabilities' and Virginia

To search for materials from other libraries, use the Worldcat database.

Shelf Browsing
To browse the library's shelves for books on disability law, look in or around call numbers KF480 or KF3469.


Primary Sources

Americans with Disabilities Act

42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 et seq.

Disability Law in the United States: A Legislative History of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Public Law 101-336, 6 vols. (Bernard D. Reams ed., 1992)
KF480 .A32 A15 1992 (STACKS) Hein Online

Family and Medical Leave Act

29 U.S.C. §§ 2601 et seq.

Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 [Legislative History], 6 vols. (Covington & Burling ed., 1993) Hein Online

Rehabilitation Act

29 U.S.C. §§ 701 et seq.

Court & Administrative Decisions

Americans with Disabilities Cases (BNA)
KF3415 .B60 (STACKS) (Library has volumes 1-15) BNA

National Disability Law Reporter
KF3469 .A6 N37 (STACKS) (Library has volumes 18-24)



(Selected sources only)

The Americans with Disabilities Act Westlaw

Americans with Disabilities: Practice and Compliance Manual, 6 vols. (C. Angela Van Etten ed. 1992 & quarterly supp.)
KF480 .A6 A57 (STACKS) Westlaw

Peter Blanck, Bruce A. Goldstein & William N. Myhill, Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities: An Analysis of Federal Law (2nd ed. 2013) 
KF480 .T82 2013 (STACKS)

Peter David Blanck, Disability Civil Rights Law and Policy (2004)
KF480 .D58 2004 (RESERVE)

Disabilities Law--BNA Editorial Analysis  BNA

Charles T. Hall, West's Social Security Disability Practice (annual)
KF3649 .H35 (STACKS) Westlaw

Gary S. Marx, Disability Law Compliance Manual (2nd ed. 1998 & semiannual supp.) Westlaw

Jonathan R. Mook, ADA: Public Accommodations & Commercial Facilities Lexis

Jonathan R. Mook, Americans with Disabilities Act: Employee Rights and Employer Obligations (1992 & semiannual supp.) Lexis

Maureen F. Moore, ADA Compliance Manual for Employers (3rd ed. 2005 & 2009 supp.)
KF3469 .M66 2005 (STACKS)

Michael L. Perlin, Mental Disability Law: Civil and Criminal (2nd ed. 1998 & annual supp.)
KF480 .P46 1998 (STACKS) Lexis

Henry H. Perritt, Americans with Disabilities Act Handbook, 2 vols. (4th ed. 2003 & 2010 supp.)
KF3469 .P47 2003 (STACKS) Loislaw

Gary Phelan & Janet Bond Arterton, Disability Discrimination in the Workplace (1992 & semiannual supp.) Westlaw

Laura F. Rothstein, Disabilities and the Law (4th ed. 2012 & semiannual supp.)
KF480 .R67 2012 (STACKS) Westlaw

Jason Edward Searns, Public Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act: Compliance and Litigation Manual (annual)
KF5709.3 H35 S43 (STACKS) Westlaw

Workplace Accommodations Under the ADA Westlaw




LegalTrac is a database that indexes articles from law reviews, bar association publications, legal magazines and legal newspapers.

Coverage: 1980-present.

Suggested subject queries:

  • Disabled Persons
  • Disabled Children
  • Mentally Disabled Persons
  • Physically Disabled Persons
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

Selected Periodicals on Disability Law

ADA Update Westlaw

Disability Law Compliance Report Westlaw

Disability Law Report Westlaw

Disabilities Newsletter
IN LAW PERIODICAL STACKS (print subscription cancelled in 2006) BNA

Mental and Physical Disability Law Reporter


Web Sites

ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law
This site offers news, a directory of disability lawyers, and information for law students.

ADA Home Page
This site was created by the U.S. Justice Dept.  It provides links to federal agencies that handle different aspects of the ADA and offers government publications explaining the ADA. Information about new and proposed regulations is also provided.

Department of Labor FMLA Page
Provides links to primary sources and explanatory material relating to the Family and Medical Leave Act.