Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in everyday activities, such as buying an item at the store, going to the movies, enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, exercising at the health club, or having the car serviced at a local garage.

To meet the goals of the ADA, the law established requirements for businesses of all sizes. These requirements went into effect on January 26, 1992. Businesses that serve the public must modify policies and practices that discriminate against people with disabilities; comply with accessible design standards when constructing or altering facilities; remove barriers in existing facilities where readily achievable; and provide auxiliary aids and services when needed to ensure effective communication with people who have hearing, vision, or speech impairments. All businesses, even those that do not serve the public, must comply with accessible design standards when constructing or altering facilities materials available from the Department of Justice.

The U.S. Department of Justice provides free ADA materials. Printed materials may be ordered by calling:

ADA Information Line, 1-800-514-0301 (Voice), or 1-800-514-0383 (TDD))

Automated service is available 24-hours a day for recorded information and to order publications. Publications are available in standard print, large print, audio tape, Braille and computer disk for people with disabilities.

The ADA web site is:

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