Category: Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

This page contains material on the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA, including full text of the Act and commentary on process and implementation.
  • 2010 ADA Standards
    • This document contains scoping and technical requirements for accessibility to sites, facilities, buildings, and elements by individuals with disabilities.
  • 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
    • This document outlines minimum requirements for newly designed and constructed or altered state and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. PDF format.
  • A Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment
    • If you are seeking a job or are new to the workforce, you should become familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), a federal civil rights law designed to prevent discrimination and enable individuals with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of society.
  • A Guide to Disability Rights Laws
    • This guide provides an overview of United States' Federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities and includes contact information for advocacy and support groups related to certain pieces of legislation.
  • Access to Medical Care for Individuals With Mobility Disabilities
    • This publication provides guidance for medical care providers on the requirements of treating people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. It includes commonly asked questions and their answers as well as drawings of accessible examination rooms. PDF format.
  • ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities
    • This document contains scoping and technical requirements for accessibility to sites, facilities, buildings, and elements by individuals with disabilities. The requirements can be applied during the design, construction, additions to, and alteration of sites, facilities, buildings, and elements. PDF format.
  • ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments
    • This tool kit is designed to teach government officials how to identify and fix problems that prevent people with disabilities from gaining equal access to programs, services, and activities. It will also teach officials how to conduct accessibility surveys of their buildings and facilities.
  • ADA Guide for Small Businesses
    • This guide presents an informal overview of some basic Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements for small businesses that provide goods or services to the public. It omits many of the "legal" terms that are found in the ADA and its regulations, making it easier to understand.
  • ADA Guide for Small Businesses
    • This guide presents an informal overview of some basic ADA requirements for small businesses that provide goods or services to the public.
  • ADA Information Services
    • This list contains the telephone numbers and Internet addresses of federal agencies and other organizations that provide information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and informal guidance in understanding and complying with different provisions of the ADA.
  • ADA Mediation Program
    • Many ADA disputes can be resolved successfully through informal methods. In enacting the ADA, Congress specifically encouraged the use of alternative means of dispute resolution, including mediation, to resolve ADA disputes.
  • ADA Questions and Answers
    • This booklet is designed to provide answers to some of the most often asked questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • ADA Regulations and Technical Assistance Materials
    • This page contains links to legal documents, general publications, and publications for businesses and governments about the Americans with Disabilities Act. Publications are available in standard print as well as large print, audiotape, Braille, and computer disk for people with disabilities.
  • ADA Standards for Accessible Design
    • As published in the regulations issued by the Department of Justice. The ADA Standards for Accessible Design are in Appendix A of the Title III Regulations.
  • ADA Standards for Accessible Design
    • This document sets guidelines for accessibility to places of public accommodation and commercial facilities by individuals with disabilities. These guidelines cam be applied during the design, construction, and alteration of such buildings and facilities. PDF format.
  • ADA Standards for Transportation Facilities
    • Under the ADA, the Department of Transportation (DOT) issues and enforces accessibility standards for transportation facilities that are based on the Board’s ADA Accessibility Guidelines. DOT’s current ADA Standards (2006) are consistent with updated ADA guidelines the Board issued in 2004. DOT’s ADA standards apply to facilities used by state and local governments to provide designated public transportation services, including bus stops and stations, and rail stations. They apply to new construction and alterations. The current standards became effective November 29, 2006.
  • ADA Title II Technical Assistance Manual
    • This technical assistance manual addresses the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which applies to the operations of State and local governments.
  • ADA Title III Technical Assistance Manual Covering Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities
    • This technical assistance manual addresses the requirements of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which applies to public accommodations, commercial facilities, and private entities offering certain examinations and courses.
  • ADA: Know Your Rights
    • This publication explains the rights of persons with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act and provides information on where to get assistance for returning service members.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
    • Site about the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as ADA standards, software, enforcement and publications.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Technical Assitance Program
    • The Department of Justice ADA Technical Assistance Program provides free information and technical assistance directly to businesses, non-profit service providers, state and local governments, people with disabilities, and the general public.
  • Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
    • A copy of the legislation put in place to continue the suspension of the requirements for detectable warnings at curb ramps, hazardous vehicular areas, and reflecting pool edges.
  • Archive ADA
    • This site serves as a comprehensive archive of documents and history related to the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). Includes the text of the law, legislative history, congressional hearings, Supreme Court cases, federal regulations, and policy and advocacy documents on both the original ADA and the ADAAA
  • Common ADA Errors and Omissions in New Construction and Alterations
    • This document gives a sample of common accessibility errors or omissions that have been identified by the Department of Justice. The list of errors/omissions provides examples of common deficiencies. Available in HTML or PDF format.
  • Communicating with Guests Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Hotels, Motels, and Other Places of Transient Lodging
    • This document gives a brief outline of the rights of deaf or hard of hearing people staying in transient lodging and the responsibilities of staff to accomodate their needs.
  • Communicating with People Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Hospital Settings
    • This page describes the situations in which the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires hospitals to provide sevices for people with disabilities and what services they are required to provide.
  • Definition of Disability Under Federal Anti-Discrimination Law: What Happened? Why? And What Can We Do About It?
    • Describes how "disability" was defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Analyzes how agencies, the bar, and the courts interpreted this definition differently from how advocates had anticipated, limiting implementation of the ADA.
  • Enforcing the ADA: A Status Report from the Department of Justice
    • This Status Report covers the ADA activities of the Department of Justice during the second quarter (April-June) of 2009.
  • Enforcing the ADA: A Status Report from the Department of Justice
    • This status report covers the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) activities of the Department of Justice during the third quarter (July - September) of 2007. The ADA web site hosts more reports for you to browse.
  • Enforcing the ADA: Looking Back on a Decade of Progress
    • This report discusses how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enforced in the United States over a decade and discusses future prospects for Americans with disabilities.
  • Generalizing Disability
    • This article extrapolates Frederick Schauer’s analytical framework on generalizations to employment discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). PDF format.
  • Guidance on the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
    • This document addresses changes to the standards, the reasoning behind those changes, and responses to public comments received on these topics. PDF format.
  • Learn about the ADA in Your Local Library
    • To make access to information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as easy as a trip to your local library, the Department of Justice has sent an ADA Information File containing technical assistance documents to 15,000 libraries across the United States. Most libraries have placed the file at the reference desk.
  • Lift Every Voice: Modernizing Disability Policies and Programs to Serve a Diverse Nation
    • This report calls on the United States administration and Congress to work to make an effort to translate the promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability laws and programs into real opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. PDF format.
  • Maintaining Accessible Features in Retail Establishments
    • This document identifies ways that businesses can maintain their investment in access with little or no extra cost while ensuring accessibility to all. PDF format.
  • Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities
    • The purpose of this document is to prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability by public accommodations and require places of public accommodation and commercial facilities to be designed, constructed, and altered in compliance with the accessibility standards established. Available in HTML or PDF format.
  • Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government
    • This rule prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by public entities. It protects qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination on the basis of disability in the services, programs, or activities of all state and local governments.
  • Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services
    • This rule enforces accessibility standards under the ADA that are consistent with the minimum guidelines and requirements issued by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board and updates or amends certain provisions of the title II regulation. PDF format.
  • Readily Achievable Barrier Removal and Van Accessible Parking Spaces
    • This publication includes diagrams and frequently asked questions and their answers regarding barrier removal and parking lot accessibility. PDF format.
  • Same Struggle, Different Difference: ADA Accommodations as Antidiscrimination
    • This article demonstrates how ADA accommodation expenses are an appropriate and reasonable remedy and explains why disability-related accommodations must operate as antidiscrimination provisions in order to alter social attitudes towards the disabled. PDF format.
  • Special Report: Accessible Public Rights-of-Way Planning and Design for Alterations
    • This technical assistance publication has been developed to provide guidance in the planning and design of pedestrian improvements constructed as part of an alteration project. This report and its recommendations are the work of a subcommittee of the Public Rights-of-Way Access Advisory Committee (PROWAAC) and are intended to provide technical assistance only. The report is not a rule and has no legal effect; it has not been endorsed by the U.S. Access Board, the Department of Justice, or the Federal Highway Administration of the Department of Transportation. (August 2007)
  • Text of the Americans with Disabilities Act
    • This is the current full-text of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 [“ADA”], as amended.
  • The (R)evolution of Physical Disability Anti-discrimination Law: 1976-1996
    • This article by author Chai R. Feldblum analyzes changes in U.S. disability anti-discrimination law, and how this law has been interpreted and understood, from 1976 to 1996.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act Policy Brief Series: Righting the ADA
    • This paper provides an overview of the origins of the statutory language found in the ADA definition of disability, considers the dramatically narrowed scope of the ADA’s coverage, looks to the experiences of several states that have adopted independent and broader definitions of “disability”, and offers solutions. PDF format.
  • Title III Highlights
    • This page offers a brief overview of Title III of the ADA. It includes information on who is covered, and what rights they have regarding elegibility for services and access to buildings.
  • U.S. Access Board Passenger Vessels Standards
    • This document defines US accessibility standards for ferries, cruise ships, excursion boats, and other passenger vessels.
  • U.S. Access Board Public Rights-of-Way Publications
    • US guidelines for public rights-of-way, addressing issues of access for blind pedestrians at street crossings, wheelchair access to on-street parking, and various constraints posed by space limitations, roadway design practices, slope, and terrain.
  • Under the empirical radar: An initial expressive law analysis of the ADA
    • This Review seeks to bridge the inquiries made by the two normally exclusive disciplines of economics and sociology by presenting a third path- an initial expressive law analysis of the ADA. PDF format.