Administration on Disabilities

About the Administration on Disabilities 

The Administration on Disabilities (AoD) works to equip people of all ages with disabilities with opportunities, tools and supports to lead lives of their choice in their community. AoD's programs advance the following strategic priorities:

  • Helping individuals with disabilities achieving economic security and mobility
  • Promoting health equity of people with disabilities
  • Protecting the rights and preventing abuse of individuals with disabilities
  • Empowering individuals with disabilities, their families and communities 

AOD is the principal agency of the U.S Department of Health and Human Services designated to implement the:

AoD also provides support to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. 

AOD is organized into three offices:

Office of Independent Living Programs (OILP)

OILP is responsible for carrying out the provisions of Title VII of the Rehab Act (as amended by WIOA).The Rehab Act promotes the well-being of people with disabilities by providing services and programs designed to help them live independently in their homes and communities. It authorizes funds to support independent living programs that offer independent living services for people of all ages, with all types of significant disabilities. OILP aims to maximize the leadership, empowerment, and independence of individuals with disabilities while promoting the independent living philosophy of consumer control, self-help and self-advocacy, development of peer relationships and peer role models, and equal access for individuals with significant disabilities to all aspects of society. 

Office of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (OIDD)

OIDD oversees two programs authorized under the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act) (Public Law 106-402): (1) State Councils on Developmental Disabilities, and (2) University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. The DD Act promotes the well-being, self-determination, independence, and community living of persons with developmental disabilities and their families by providing programs designed to empower them to help shape policies that impact their lives. OIDD also provides support to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. OIDD aims to maximize the leadership, empowerment, and independence of individuals with intellectual and development disabilities and promote equal access to all aspects of society. 

Office of Disability Services Innovation (ODSI)

ODSI works across disability populations, programs, and resources to support and advance community living services and opportunities for Americans with disabilities. The office administers the Protection and Advocacy programs authorized the DD Act,  HAVA, the AT Act, and the TBI Act, which together work to uphold the rights of people with disabilities in every state and territory. ODSI also responsible for:

  • The Projects of National Significance program authorized by the DD Act. These projects focus on the most pressing issues affecting people with developmental disabilities and their families, creating and enhancing opportunities for them to participate in, and contribute to, all facets of community life. 
  • Grants to states authorized by the TBI Act to expand and improve capability for people with traumatic brain injury and their families to have better access to comprehensive and coordinated services, to encourage systems change, and to address barriers to needed services. 
  • Programs authorized by Title III of the PHSA that provide comprehensive information and referral services to promote the health and well-being of people living with paralysis and limb loss and help them remain at home and in the community.


Last modified on 10/25/2021

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