Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted by Congress in 1990 to protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination in access to employment, governmental services and programs, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications. As stated in the law, the ADA is "an Act to establish a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability."
|Proclamation In Re: Twentieth Anniversary of the ADA|
|Model ADA Accommodation Request Form|
|Revised Rule of Judicial Administration 2.540|
These guidelines have been developed to assist judges and staff in implementing the ADA in the court system.
The Title I Guidelines were prepared to assist elected officials, nonjudicial officers, and supervisors in ensuring compliance with the employment provisions of the ADA. Included are a practical summary of Title I, an overview of the legal obligations in recruiting practices and the interview process, and available references and resources.
The Title II Guidelines were prepared to assist judicial officers and courthouse personnel in understanding the state and local government provisions of the ADA and to assist them in ensuring that architectural or communication barriers do not obstruct any person's access to the courts. Included are a practical summary of Title II, an overview of accessibility requirements, and guidance on determining appropriate accommodations.
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Justice R. Fred Lewis
speaks about the importance of ensuring that courthouses are accessible to persons with disabilities. Nearly 400 people attended the regional training sessions, which were designed to prepare participants for surveying the accessibility of court facilities across the state.
See the video or read the transcript.
Agencies below provide informal guidance in understanding and complying with different provisions of the ADA.
Department of Justice offers technical assistance on the ADA Standards for Accessible Design and other ADA provisions applying to businesses, non-profit service agencies, and state and local government programs; also provides information on how to file ADA complaints.
|ADA Information Line 800-514-0301 (voice)
|Electronic bulletin board 202-514-6193|
|Internet address http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm|
|Equal Employment Opportunity Commission offers technical assistance on the ADA provisions applying to employment; also provides information on how to file ADA complaints.|
|Employment - questions 800-669-4000 (voice)
Employment - documents 800-669-3362 (voice)
|Internet address http://www.eeoc.gov|
|Access Board, or Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, offers technical assistance on the ADA Accessibility Guidelines.|
|Documents and questions 800-872-2253 (voice)
|Electronic bulletin board 202-272-5448|
|Internet address http://www.access-board.gov/|