ADA Technical Assistance

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26th, 1990 and is the civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. Justin Dart, Jr. is considered the primary advocate from the disability community responsible for the passage of the ADA. Disability is defined under the ADA as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity." The ADA is divided into 5 Titles: Title I covers Employment, Title II covers State & Local Government, Title III covers Public Accommodations, Title IV covers Telecommunications, and Title V covers Miscellaneous Technical Provisions.

The Independent Living Center can provide information, resources and technical assistance regarding the various ADA rights of persons with disabilities and responsibilities of business.

The following links provide more extensive detail of the ADA:

Americans with Disabilities Act - 1990 Civil Rights law defining discrimination based on disability as a violation of Federal Law.

Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - Provides for the formation of State Divisions of Vocational Rehabilitation, Center for Independent Living, and State Independent Living Councils. This is th first mention of people with disabilities as a separate and distinct class or group of Americans. The law prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilites by entities receiving Federal money... state and local governments.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) - Provides for the education of children with disabilities in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs.

Fair Housing Act - Prohibits discrimination based on disability in housing rental and sales. The act contains accessibility requirements for new residential construction.

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