Understanding the ADA – Are you in Compliance? 

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law that protects individuals from discrimination in different areas of public life.

Understanding what this act is and how it affects employers and how to comply with it can create a work environment suitable for everyone, regardless of their abilities.

ADA Standards for Title II and III Entities

The ADA requires that Title II and Title III entities communicate effectively with people who have communication disabilities. The goal is to ensure that communication with people with these dis­abilities is equally effective as communication with people without disabilities.

State and Local Governments (Title II)

Title II applies to State and local government entities, and, in subtitle A, protects qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination on the basis of disability in services, programs, and activities provided by State and local government entities. Title II extends the prohibition on discrimination established by section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 29 U.S.C. 794, to all activities of State and local governments regardless of whether these entities receive Federal financial assistance.

Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities (Title III)

Title III prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in the activities of places of public accommodations (businesses that are generally open to the public and that fall into one of 12 categories listed in the ADA, such as restaurants, movie theaters, schools, day care facilities, recreation facilities, and doctors’ offices) and requires newly constructed or altered places of public accommodation—as well as commercial facilities (privately owned, nonresidential facilities such as factories, warehouses, or office buildings)—to comply with the ADA Standards.

7-page ADA overview document can be downloaded here.


 

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design

Document released by the HLAA focusing on the 2010 ADA standards for Assistive listening – Download Document here