ADA: Americans with Disabilities Act

Americans with Disabilities Act

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Introduction to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

What the ADA means to People with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the most comprehensive federal civil rights legislation protecting the rights of people with disabilities. Passed by the United States Congress in 1990, the ADA addresses the barriers and discrimination that people with disabilities have traditionally faced.

The ADA covers access to employment, state and local government programs and services, access to places of public accommodations, transportation, non-profits service providers and telecommunications.

The ADA has been amended several times since its passage in 1990. The ADA is also undergoing continuous review and interpretation in the courts. For the most recent updates and information about the ADA, contact your regional technical assistance center, DBTAC, at 800-0949-4232 (V/TTY).

Things to Know

The ADA is complicated legislation. Learn about your rights through this series of skills training modules on the ADA and learn to recognize when your rights, as a person with a disability are being violated.

The ADA has been amended several times since its passage in 1990. The ADA has also been the subject of review and interpretation by the courts. Check the Web sites included in the training and also check with Mountain State Centers for Independent Living for the latest information and technical assistance on the ADA. If you do recognize a violation of the ADA and cannot resolve the issue on your own, the staff of the Mountain State Centers for Independent Living can help you.

Many people have set themselves up as experts on the ADA. They believe that they are experts on how to remove architectural barriers, how to build a ramp or refit a bathroom to comply with ADA standards. Unfortunately in too many cases, the so-called experts do not know about the ADA standards and their errors have been costly to people who relied on their help. There are no certificates or licenses for the ADA and those who tell you that they are certified or licensed ADA experts are not telling the truth. The best advice is to consult your local Center for Independent Living and use reputable architects and builders who are familiar with ADA architectural standards and requirements and for whom you can check references.

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