Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The ADA provides comprehensive civil rights protections for “individuals with disabilities.” The ADA prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. The benefits of the ADA extend to a broad range of people by cutting across all sectors of society.

On September 25, 2008, the ADA Amendment Act (ADAAA) (PDF) was signed into law and became effective on January 1, 2009. The ADAAA simply attempts to bring the law back to what Congress intended it to be when it passed the ADA in 1990 by clarifying the definition of disability and providing guidance to courts and agencies on the interpretation and enforcement of the ADA.

For more information on ADA laws visit our Resources section.