Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 

What is the ADA?

The ADA protects people with disabilities from discrimination. The ADA guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else in public life. All state and local governments must comply with the ADA.

History of the ADA

The ADA was signed into law by President Bush on July 26, 1990. Before the passing of the ADA, the disability rights movement began a grassroots advocacy effort to ask the Federal government to uphold the civil rights of people with disabilities.

Equal Opportunity Protections

The ADA guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to use and/or access:

  • Employment
  • Businesses Open to the Public
  • Public Transit
  • State and Local Government Services

Discriminatory Practices

If you would like to file a charge of discrimination or file a complaint, click on these specific links to learn how.

United States Department of Justice

Public Transit

State & Local Government Services

Business Open to the Public

Click here to download the ADA fact sheet.