Disability Etiquette
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ADA (The Americans with Disabilities Act)

  •    The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. It also applies to the United States Congress.

        To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability or have a relationship or association with an individual with a disability. An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA 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 such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.

    ADA Information Line
    (800) 514-0301 (voice)
    (800) 514-0383 (TTY)
Photo of President George H.W. Bush signing ADA law

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signs the ADA into law, which ultimately protects the basic civil rights of over 50 million Americans with disabilities. It provides a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

ADA Links


This will give you access to other Federal Agencies that have responsibilities to the ADA. Other resources, ADA publications, and guides for businesses and non-profit service providers can also be found here.


Reproduction of this PDF document is encouraged. This guide includes the: ADA, Telecommunications Act, Fair Housing Act, Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Rehabilitation Act among others.

This site tackles commonly asked questions about service animals in places of business. Please check this out if you are a business owner or an employee in a place of business.

This site allows many local options for disability programs.

The local physical disabilities website. Check out topics like building accessible congregations and curb ramps at existing intersections. This may be important information for your business.


United Spinal Association Links

Destinations might be accessible, but how do you get to these destinations? Independence is key and this is important! No matter who you are, we can all make this happen, starting with making travel accessible.

drawing of magic rainbow bridge across a chasm


The Disability Etiquette book is a free publication from the United Spinal Association. This is the complete copy referenced in the "Disability Etiquette" section.