The Americans with Disabilities Act is a wide-ranging law that seeks to ensure access and prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities.
Generally speaking, the ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in:
- Access to public services.
An individual is considered to have a disability and be protected by the ADA if s/he:
- Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.
- Has a record of impairment.
- Is regarded as having such an impairment.
An impairment includes physical disorders, such as cosmetic disfigurement or loss of a limb, as well as mental and psychological disorders.
Other individuals who are protected in certain circumstances include
- those, such as parents, who have an association with an individual known to have disability
- those who are coerced or subjected to retaliation for assisting people with disabilities in asserting their rights under the ADA.
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US Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
PO Box 66738
Washington, DC 20025
(800) 514-0301 (Voice)
(800) 514-0383 (TTY)