Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down.
Statement by President George H. W. Bush at the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990. Available from the National Archives, https://www.archives.gov
Free ADA Help
If you have a question about your rights or obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, call the Great Lakes ADA Center: (800) 949-4232.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life.
Title Ill of the ADA prohibits businesses from denying people with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the same access to and benefits from goods and services offered to the public.
Under Title Ill, businesses must:
Ensure that their goods and services are accessible to people with disabilities;
Make modifications in policies and practices to accommodate persons with disabilities as needed;
Ensure electronic, written, and verbal communications are accessible to everyone; and
Ensure that their buildings and facilities are accessible, including older buildings and newly constructed ones. (Image: Sign with International Symbol of Accessibility and text, "Barrier Free Entrance")
This title is enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Questions? Contact the Great Lakes ADA Center at 1-800-949-4232