What is the Americans with Disabilities Act?
The ADA, Passed in 1990, is a comprehensive federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability.
The ADA defines a disability as:
- A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (i.e. working, talking, hearing, seeing, caring for ones self)
- Or having a record of such an impairment;
- Or being regarded by others as having an impairment such as individuals with severe facial scarring.
There are five Titles within the ADA that cover:
- Title I: Employment
- Title II: State & Local Governments
- Title III: Places of Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities
- Title IV: Telecommunications
- Title V: Miscellaneous Provisions
Click on any of the Title links to view a description of the Title or you may opt to View All Titles.