Web information on the ADA and disability issues


Americans with Disabilities Act Information on the Web, U.S. Department of Justice

Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center

ADA Information Center for the Mid-Atlantic Region

Center for an Accessible Society

Employment Resources for People with Disabilities, University of Minnesota

FedWorld Information Network

Media Images & Disability Web Page, by Beth Haller

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)

National Organization on Disability

National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)

National Telability Media Center

Presidentís Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities

Social Security Administration

Society for Disability Studies

U.S. Access Board (Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board)

United States Commission on Civil Rights

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC)

World Institute on Disability


Publications on the ADA and its guidelines

Adaptive Environments Center, Inc. & Barrier Free Environments, Inc. (1995, August). The Americans with Disabilities Act checklist for readily achievable barrier removal. [Disseminated by Mid-Atlantic ADA Information Center, 1-800-949-4ADA].

Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association (1992). Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act. Jackson Heights, NY: Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association.

U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (1991 November). Americans with disabilities act accessibility requirements. Washington, D.C. pp. 1-5.

U.S. Department of Justice. (1990). Americans with Disabilities Act requirements fact sheet. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office. No. 0-273-184.


Synopsis of Provisions of the ADA
Signed into law July 26, 1990

Title I covers employment and requires that employers with 15 or more employees not to discriminate against qualified people who have disabilities. Employers must reasonably accommodate the disability of a qualified applicant or employee unless it would cause an undue hardship. This title is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission.

Title II of the ADA covers public services such as state and local government services and transportation services. State and local governments cannot discriminate against people with disabilities and must make any of their services, programs, or activities accessible to people with disabilities unless it would alter the nature of these activities. Any newly constructed state and local government buildings or alterations of them must be accessible. These provisions were effective January 26, 1992 and are enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Title III provides that public accommodations such as restaurants, hotels, theaters, shopping centers and malls, retail stores, museums, libraries, parks, private schools, day care centers, and other similar places may not discriminate based on disability. This went into effect January 26, 1992. Also, the most easily removed physical barriers in existing places of public accommodation must be removed. If this cannot be readily achieved, alternate methods of services must be provided. These provisions are enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Title IV provides for regulation and enforcement of accessible telecommunications such as relay services and telecommunications devices for the deaf (TDDs). It is enforced by the Federal Communications Commission.