Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Introduction to the ADA
- How to Get Technical Assistance on the ADA
- Frequently Asked Questions
- ADA Document Search
- ADA Materials
- IT Materials
- Additional ADA Information
- Useful Telephone Numbers for ADA Information
- Useful Addresses for ADA Information
- ADA National Network Regional Centers
Introduction to the Americans with Disabilities Act
Barriers to employment, transportation, public accommodations, public services, and telecommunications have imposed staggering economic and social costs on American society and have undermined efforts by people with disabilities to receive an education, become employed, and be contributing members of society. By breaking down these barriers, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) enables society to benefit from the skills and talents of individuals with disabilities, will allow us all to gain from their increased purchasing power and ability to use it, and will lead to fuller, more productive lives for all Americans.
The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.
(these two paragraphs from http://www.ada.gov/ada_intro.htm) The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. Modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin – and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 -- the ADA is an "equal opportunity" law for people with disabilities.
To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability, which is defined by the ADA as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.
How to Get Technical Assistance on the ADA
The Pacific Center staffs a toll-free information line and provides informal guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Accessible Information Technology. The center's Technical Assistants can answer most questions you have immediately. Questions which require research will be handled in a professional and prompt manner.
Technical Assistance is available from the Pacific ADA Center Monday - Friday, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Time at 800-949-4232 or contact us online. All calls are confidential.
Frequently Asked Questions
The following "Frequently Asked Questions" are designed to provide answers to some of the most often asked questions about the ADA. They have been divided into four categories:
ADA Document Search
Search 15 ADA-related Web sites which feature topics such as Employment, State & Local Government, Private Business, Facility Access, Transportation, Communications, Interpretation Letters and Enforcement. Begin your search.
- Information About Pacific ADA Center
- Technical Assistance Manuals
- ADA and Regulations
- ADA General
- TITLE I: Employment
- Title I Fact Sheets Cornell - Implementing the ADA Series: Reasonable Accommodations
- Title I Facts Sheets Cornell - Implementing the ADA Series: Issues in Human Resources
- TITLE II: State And Local Government
- TITLE III: Public Accommodations
- Title III Expanded Fact Sheets
- TITLE IV: Telecommunications
- Information About Other Laws
Additional ADA Information
- ADA National Network Fact Sheet Series on the Title II & III Regulations
- Facts About the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Checklist for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal
- How to file Title I Complaint
- Title II Highlights
- File Title II Complaint Form
- Title III Highlights
- How to file Title III Complaint
- Title 24 Regulations (California Department State Architects Web Site)
- Certified Access Specialist Program (California only)
- Title II 2010 fact sheet
- Title III 2010 fact sheet
- Title II ADA toolkit
Useful Telephone Numbers for ADA Information
This list contains the telephone numbers and Internet addresses of federal agencies and other organizations that provide information about the Americans with Disabilities Act and informal guidance in understanding and complying with the ADA.
|Federal Agency or Organization||Telephone Number||Website|
|ADA Information Line at U.S. Department of Justice||800-514-0301 (voice) 800-514-0383 (TTY)||http://www.ada.gov|
|Federal Communications Commission||888-225-5322 (voice) 888-835-5322 (TTY)||http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro|
|U.S. Access Board||800-872-2253 (voice)|
|U.S. Department of Education/Office for Civil Rights||800-421-3481|
|U.S. Department of Transportation ADA Assistance Line||888-446-4511 (voice)|
TTY: use relay service
|U.S. Department of Transportation Project Action||800-659-6428 (voice)|
TTY: use relay service
|U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission||For publications:|
|U.S. Department of Labor's Job Accommodation Network||800-526-7234 (voice) |
Addresses for ADA Information
- Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board 1331 F Street, NW Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20004-1111
- Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street, SW Washington, DC 20554
- U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202-1100
- U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Disability Rights Section - NYAV Washington, DC 20530
- U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration 400 Seventh Street, SW Washington, DC 20590-0001
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 131 M Street, NE Washington, DC 20507
This document is available in the following accessible formats:
- Large print
- Audio cassette
- Electronic file on computer disk.
To request an accessible format, call the ADA National Network at 800-949-4232 (V/TTY).
ADA National Network Regional Centers
The ADA National Network consists of 10 regional ADA centers distributed throughout the United States to provide local assistance and foster implementation of the ADA.
Call us toll free at 1-800-949-4232 (Voice/TTY), or contact your center directly.
|Region||States covered||Telephone number||Website|
|Region 1||Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont||(617) 695-0085 (V/TTY)||http://www.NewEnglandADA.org|
|Region 2||New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands||(607) 255-6686 (V/TTY)||http://www.NorthEastADA.org|
|Region 3||Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia||(301) 217-0124 (V/TTY)||http://www.ADAinfo.org|
|Region 4||Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee||(404) 541-9001 (V/TTY)||http://www.ADAsouthEast.org|
|Region 5||Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin||(312) 413-1407 (V/TTY)||http://www.ADAgreatLakes.org|
|Region 6||Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas||(713) 520-0232 (V/TTY)||http://www.southwestada.org|
|Region 7||Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska||(573) 882-3600 (V/TTY)||http://www.ADAproject.org|
|Region 8||Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming||(719) 444-0268 (V/TTY)||http://www.ADAinformation.org|
|Region 9||Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the Pacific Basin||(510) 285-5600 (V/TTY)||http://www.ADApacific.org|
|Region 10||Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington||(425) 248-2480 (V) (425) 771-7426 (TTY)||http://www.dbtacnorthwest.org.org|