Disability Law Research

November 2022
Updated by Paul Hellyer

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Access to Subscription Databases

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

Introductory Sources

(Selected sources providing a quick overview)

Disability Law and Policy (2020)  West Academic

Federal Disability Law in a Nutshell (6th ed. 2019)
KF480 .Z9 T83 2019 (RESERVE)  West Academic

Understanding Disability Law (3rd ed. 2019)
KF480 .Z9 W43 2019 (RESERVE)

Library Materials

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

Search Tips:

  • Subject queries:
    • people with disabilities
    • people with mental 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 K637, KF480 or KF3469.

Key Legislation

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 (2nd Floor)  HeinOnline

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)  HeinOnline

Rehabilitation Act

29 U.S.C. §§ 701 et seq.


(Selected sources only)

ADA Compliance Guide  Westlaw

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 (2nd Floor)  Westlaw

John J. Coleman III, Disability Discrimination in Employment (2010 & annual supp.)  Westlaw

Charles T. Hall, West's Social Security Disability Practice  Westlaw

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

Jonathan R. Mook, Americans with Disabilities Act: Public Accommodations & Commercial Facilities  Lexis

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

Michael L. Perlin, Mental Disability Law: Civil and Criminal (3rd ed. 2016 & annual supp.)
KF480 .P46 2016 (2nd Floor)  Lexis

Henry H. Perritt, Americans with Disabilities Act Handbook, 2 vols. (5th ed. 2018 & annual supp.)  Cheetah

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

Laura F. Rothstein, Disabilities and the Law
KF480 .R67 (2nd Floor)  Westlaw

Jason Edward Searns, Public Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act: Compliance and Litigation Manual  Westlaw

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: A Commentary (Valentina Delia Fina et al eds., 2017).
K637 .A4 2007 U55 2017 (2nd Floor)

Workplace Accommodations Under the ADA  Westlaw


Legal Source
Contains detailed indexing for over 1,200 legal journals, law reviews, yearbooks, institutes, statutes, bar association and university publications. Includes full text for over 400 journals. Coverage: 1908 - present.

Subject Queries:

  • people with disabilities
  • people with mental disabilities

Selected Periodicals on Disability Law

Disability Law Compliance Report  Westlaw

Free Websites

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

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.