The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

a welcome sign in braille, the americans with disabilities act photoThe Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA is a major federal civil rights law that protects the rights of people with disabilities. Disabilities that are covered by the law include any physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Persons with a history of such an impairment, persons who are regarded by others as having such an impairment or persons who are associated with persons with such an impairment are also covered by the law.

The law provides protection from discrimination and mandates accessibility to persons with disabilities in several areas: employment, public transportation, public entities, private businesses, telecommunications and many others. Please note that housing is not covered by the ADA. Housing rights for persons with disabilities are covered by the federal Fair Housing Act.

For more information, click here to visit the New England ADA Center in a new browser.

View our film,

"Just a Part of Business:  A Very Grassroots look at the ADA"
Produced by Independence Northwest and our Northwest Activists for Disability Rights

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