Section 210 of the Congressional Accountability
Act (CAA) protects qualified individuals with disabilities from
discrimination with regard to access to public services, programs,
activities, or places of public accommodation in covered locations
and offices. These protections extend to all members of the public.
Offices of the Senate and the House of Representatives,
joint committees of Congress, the Capitol Police, the Congressional
Budget Office, Office of the Architect of the Capitol, the Office
of the Attending Physician, the Office of Compliance, and the
Capitol Guides Service all must comply with Section 210's requirements
in their dealings with the public.
Individuals who feel their rights under this
provision have been violated can file
a charge of discrimination with the General Counsel of the Office
of Compliance. This charge must be filed within 180 days of the
alleged discrimination. After a charge is filed, the General Counsel
will conduct an investigation. If the investigation reveals that
a violation has occurred, the General Counsel may either request
mediation to resolve
the dispute or file a formal complaint with the Office of Compliance.
At least once each Congress, the General Counsel
is required to inspect and report
to Congress on the compliance of Legislative Branch facilities and
programs with disability access and accommodations requirements.