Barry C Taylor

Director of Legal Services
Equip for Equality


Since November 1996, Barry Taylor has been the Legal Advocacy Director at Equip for Equality, Inc., the Illinois Protection and Advocacy system, in which he supervises the legal services, self-advocacy and training programs. Taylor has also overseen many individual and systemic disability discrimination cases including successful federal ADA suits against the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Chicago Police Department, the Chicago Transit Authority and he is currently counsel in a class action on behalf of people with developmental disabilities living in large private institutions who are seeking community services. He also oversees the agency's self-advocacy training project, which in its first eight years trained approximately 23,000 people with disabilities on the ADA, guardianship, transportation, voting, employment, and special education. Taylor has also given numerous presentations on the ADA across the country to people with disabilities, employers, service providers and advocacy organizations. Prior to becoming Legal Advocacy Director, he was a Senior Attorney for Equip for Equality, and his primary focus was systemic litigation and education under the ADA.

Taylor has been the Chairperson of the Disability Rights Consortium; Chairperson of Season of Concern (Chicago AIDS fundraising organization); Chairperson of the Legal Committee for the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems, Chairperson of the Chicago Bar Association's Legal Aid Committee, Chairperson of the Chicago Bar Association's Mental Health and Disability Law Committee, and he oversees the Illinois ADA Project. Taylor is an Adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School, and in 2001, Chicago Lawyer Magazine named Taylor one of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch."

Prior to coming to Equip for Equality, Taylor was the AIDS Project Attorney in the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund working to advance the civil rights for people living with HIV/AIDS. His caseload included a successful challenge to discriminatory inquiries by the Chicago Public Schools on teacher applications. His work at Lambda also included extensive education work regarding HIV/AIDS and the ADA.

From 1988 - 1993, Taylor was a litigation associate at the Chicago law firm of Peterson & Ross. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, where he also received his undergraduate degree.

Session History

05/22/2019 - Access to healthcare and the ADA: A review of the case law
09/12/2018 - Disability Related Questions and Medical Exams
05/16/2018 - ADA in the K-12 Setting
02/14/2018 - Top ADA Cases of 2017
09/20/2017 - Reasonable Accommodation Update
05/24/2017 - The Interplay Between the ADA and the FMLA
01/18/2017 - Top ADA Cases of 2016
09/21/2016 - Criminal Justice and the ADA
05/18/2016 - Higher Education and the ADA
04/19/2016 - Hot Legal Topics in Accessible Transportation
01/20/2016 - Top ADA Cases of 2015
09/22/2014 - Websites and the ADA: Accessibility in the Digital Age
05/21/2014 - Qualified under the ADA: The New Legal Battleground After the ADA Amendments Act
01/15/2014 - Top ADA Cases of 2013
09/18/2013 - The Litigation Landscape Five Years After the Passage of the ADA Amendments Act
05/08/2013 - The ADA in the Hospitality Setting
01/16/2013 - The Top 12 ADA Cases of 2012
11/13/2012 - ADA Case Law Update
09/19/2012 - Update on Emerging ADA Issues - Disability Harassment, Retaliation and Constructive Discharge
05/16/2012 - Confidentiality under the ADA and other laws
01/18/2012 - The ADA in the Healthcare Setting
10/18/2011 - ADA Case Law Update
09/21/2011 - The Litigation Landscape After the ADAAA
07/20/2011 - Drugs, Alcohol and Conduct Rules Under the ADA
05/18/2011 - Procedural Requirements/Barriers when Bringing Suit Under the ADA
03/16/2011 - Post Secondary and Professional Licensing/Testing Issues
01/19/2011 - Top 10 ADA Cases of 2010
11/10/2010 - Service Animals and the ADA
10/19/2010 - What are the Courts Up to? Review and Analysis of Recent Activity Involving the ADA
09/29/2010 - Litigation Under the ADA Amendments Act
08/04/2010 - The EEOC and the ADA
06/02/2010 - "Invisible Disabilities" and the ADA
04/07/2010 - Reasonable Accommodation Legal Update
02/03/2010 - Impact of the Supreme Court's ADA Decisions
12/02/2009 - Employer Defenses Under the ADA
11/17/2009 - Legal Update: Review and Analysis of Key Concepts under the ADA
06/30/2009 - Legal Update on Title III Case law
04/28/2009 - Legal Update on Major Life Activities
03/03/2009 - Disparate Treatment vs. Disparate Impact
01/13/2009 - Interplay between the ADA and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
10/28/2008 - Performance/Conduct Issues and an Overview of the ADA Amendments Act
09/23/2008 - Direct Threat/Safety in the Workplace
08/11/2008 - ADA and Website Accessibility
07/22/2008 - ADA Coverage Beyond Actual Disability: Regarded As, Record of and Association Disability
06/03/2008 - Qualified as related to Reasonable Accommodations such as Leave and Reassignment
04/22/2008 - Disability Harassment/Retaliation/Discipline
03/04/2008 - Medical Inquiries/Hiring/Confidentiality
01/22/2008 - Reasonable Accommodations for People with Psychiatric Disabilities
10/16/2007 - ADA Legal Update: Current Litigation Trends Under the ADA
10/17/2006 - ADA Legal Update: Current litigation trends under the ADA
10/18/2005 - ADA Legal Update: Current Litigation trends under the ADA
12/16/2003 - After The Supreme Court: How Are The Lower Courts Handling Cases Brought forth under the ADA?
10/16/2001 - Implementing Olmstead
04/17/2001 - To Complain or Not to Complain? Mediate? or File Suit?: Unraveling ADA Resolution Options