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Various links describing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 2008

Updates

On September 25, 2008, the President signed the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 ("ADA Amendments Act" or "Act"). The Act makes important changes to the definition of the term "disability" by rejecting the holdings in several Supreme Court decisions and portions of EEOC's ADA regulations.

ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008

  • Accommodation and Compliance Series: The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 - JAN Audio Version
  • Notice Concerning The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 - EEOC
  • Final Regulations Implementing the ADAAA - EEOC
  • Questions and Answers on the Final Rule Implementing the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 - EEOC
  • Questions and Answers for Small Businesses: The Final Rule Implementing the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 - EEOC
  • Fact Sheet on the EEOC's Final Regulations Implementing the ADAAA - EEOC
  • ADAAA Public Law
  • Georgetown Law's ArchiveADA

General

The ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990, and is a wide-ranging law intended to make American Society more accessible to people with disabilities. It is divided into five titles. The following publications provide information about all titles:

Employment (Title I)

Businesses must provide reasonable accommodations to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in all aspects of employment. Possible changes may include restructuring jobs, altering the layout of workstations, or modifying equipment. Employment aspects may include the application process, hiring, wages, benefits, and all other aspects of employment. Medical examinations are highly regulated.

Public Services (Title II)

Public services, which include state and local government instrumentalities, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, and other commuter authorities, cannot deny services to people with disabilities or deny participation in programs or activities that are available to people without disabilities. In addition, public transportation systems, such as public transit buses, must be accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Other Title II (ADA) Publications

Public Accommodations (Title III)

All new construction and modifications must be accessible to individuals with disabilities. For existing facilities, barriers to services must be removed if readily achievable. Public accommodations include facilities such as restaurants, hotels, grocery stores, retail stores, etc., as well as privately owned transportation systems.

Other Title III (ADA) Publications

Telecommunications (Title IV)

Telecommunications companies offering telephone service to the general public must have telephone relay service to individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TTYs) or similar devices.

Miscellaneous (Title V)

Includes a provision prohibiting either (a) coercing or threatening or (b) retaliating against the disabled or those attempting to aid people with disabilities in asserting their rights under the ADA.