HIV Discrimination: Know Your Rights!

About AIDS

It is unfortunate, but all too often true that people living with HIV disease face the challenge of discrimination and unfair practice where they live and work and in access to goods and services.

Fortunately, it is also true that HIV+ people who rent have as much right to safe, fair and decent housing as anyone else. Additionally, since HIV disease is considered a disability by law, they are also protected from discrimination in the workplace and in access to any kind of public service, including health care.

In an effort to inform HIV+ people and their significant others about the legal rights of home and apartment renters, the ASA Wellness Services Program is sponsoring a presentation by the Austin Tenants' Council (ATC) on Tuesday, June 24, 6:30-8:30pm at AIDS Services of Austin, 825 E. 531/2 St, #104. In the presentation "Renters... Know Your Rights," the ATC staff will address such topics as housing discrimination, understanding your lease, the application process, repair problems/resolution, security deposit refunds, the eviction process, and the ways in which the Council assists renters.

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA), a federal law, extends protection against discrimination to people with HIV. Included are protections against discrimination in employment and in access to health care. To assist HIV+ people in understanding how they are protected, the ASA Wellness Services Program is offering a presention entitled "The American with Disabilities Act (ADA): Know Your Rights" on Wednesday, July 2, 6:30-8:30pm at ASA, Room 104. The program will feature Wendy Wilkinson, an attorney with the Southwest Disability & Business Technical Assistance Center on the ADA.

A comfortable, supportive environment is an important aspect of well-being for persons living with HIV and their significant others. Becoming informed about legal rights and the resources available to provide assistance when those rights are challenged can relieve undue anxiety, help a person claim personal power, and promote healthy living.

Sign interpretation for the deaf is available with an advance request two days before any program.

For more information, please contact Sylvia Lopez at 406-6162.

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