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