Questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act
What is the ADA?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law. It was passed in 1990, and most recently amended in 2008. The intent of the law is to let people with disabilities have the same opportunities that other people without disabilities have.
Does the ADA apply to me?
Most likely. If you run or buy from a business, deal with the government, park a car, attend public meetings, use a telephone, watch TV, ride a bus, hire employees or try to find a job, the ADA has had an impact on your life. For more information visit the ADA website.
Why was it passed?
People with disabilities were being denied their civil rights by businesses, governments, schools, and many other organizations. Also, they couldn’t use televisions, telephones and computers the way other people can.
Who does it apply to?
The law is organized in five sections: Title I applies to employers. Title II applies to state and local government Title III applies to public entities, or any organization or business that serves the public. Title IV applies to Title V applies to telecommunications.
How is the ADA enforced?
If an employer is violating someone’s rights, the EEOC will investigate and either prosecute the employer or let the victim sue the employer. If a government or public entity is violating someone’s rights, the Department of Justice will investigate.
I own a business and want to get into compliance with the ADA.