Web information on the ADA and disability issues

 

Americans with Disabilities Act Information on the Web, U.S. Department of Justice
http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/

Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center
http://janweb.icdi.wvu.edu/kinder/

ADA Information Center for the Mid-Atlantic Region
http://www.adainfo.org/

Center for an Accessible Society
http://www.accessiblesociety.org/

Employment Resources for People with Disabilities, University of Minnesota
http://www.disserv.stu.umn.edu/TC/Grants/COL/listing/disemp/

FedWorld Information Network
http://www.fedworld.gov/

Media Images & Disability Web Page, by Beth Haller
http://www.towson.edu/~bhalle/disable.html

National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/NIDRR/index.html

National Organization on Disability
http://www.nod.org/

National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC)
http://www.naric.com/naric/

National Telability Media Center
http://www.freedomforum.org/newsstand/reports/telability/printdir.asp

Presidentís Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities
http://www50.pcepd.gov/pcepd/

Social Security Administration
http://www.ssa.gov/

Society for Disability Studies
http://www.uic.edu/orgs/sds/

U.S. Access Board (Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board)
http://www.access-board.gov/

United States Commission on Civil Rights
http://www.usccr.gov/

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC)
http://www.eeoc.gov/

World Institute on Disability
http://www.wid.org/

 

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.