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Americans with Disabilities Act- (ADA)

Introduction to the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in everyday activities. The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability just as other civil rights laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. The ADA guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to enjoy employment opportunities, purchase goods and services, and participate in state and local government programs.

5 Titles of the ADA

<strong>Title I</strong>

Equal Employment Opportunity for individuals with disabilities

This title is designed to remove barriers that would deny qualified individuals with disabilities access to the same employment opportunities and benefits available to others without disabilities. Employers must reasonably accommodate the disabilities of qualified applicants or employees, unless an undue hardship would result.

<strong>Title II</strong>

Nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in State and Local Government Services

This title prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by public entities. The public entity is required to provide access to programs, services and activities provided by the state or local government, when viewed in their entirety.

<strong>Title III</strong>

Nondiscrimination on the basis of disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities

This title prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by private entities in places of public accommodation. Examples include hotels, restaurants, golf courses, private schools, day care centers, health clubs, etc.

<strong>Title IV</strong>


This title requires telephone companies to have developed interstate and intrastate telephone relay services in every state.

Tab Header<strong>Title V</strong>

Miscellaneous Provisions

The final title contains a variety of provisions relating to the ADA as a whole, including its relationship to other laws and its impact on insurance providers and benefits.

The following PDF documents provide information on the ADA as it relates to deaf and hard-of-hearing people. Complying with Federal Law, Reporting Non-Compliance

Reporting Noncompliance: File an ADA Complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice. You can file an Americans with Disabilities Act complaint alleging disability discrimination against a State or local government or a public accommodation (including, for example, a restaurant, doctor’s office, retail store, hotel, etc.) online, by mail, or fax.

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