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Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA):What is the ADA?

The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the following:

  • Employment
  • State and Local Government
  • Public Accommodations
  • Commercial Facilities
  • Transportation
  • Telecommunications
  • United States Congress

To be protected under the law, a person must have a disability or have a relationship or association with an individual with a disability. While the ADA does not specifically name all of the disabilities that are covered, they define an individual with a disability as:

  • A person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities
  • A person who has a history or record of an impairment
  • A person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment

What does the ADA include?
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The federal government has various publications including:

  • Telecommunications Act
  • Fair Housing Act
  • Air Carrier Access Act
  • Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act
  • National Voter Registration Act
  • Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act
  • Individuals With Disabilities Education Act
  • Rehabilitation Act
  • Architectural Barriers Act

Click here to learn more about these and other important Acts

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