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U.S. Department of Justice
Americans with Disabilities
The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in
employment, programs and services provided by state and local
governments, goods and services provided by private companies, and
in commercial facilities.
The ADA was signed into law on July 26,
1990. It contains requirements for new construction, for alterations
or renovations to buildings and facilities, and for improving access
to existing facilities of private companies providing goods or
services to the public. It also requires that State and local
governments provide access to programs offered to the public. The
ADA also covers effective communication with people with
disabilities, eligibility criteria that may restrict or prevent
access, and requires reasonable modifications of policies and
practices that may be discriminatory.
The ADA gives the
Department of Justice (DOJ) authority to issue regulations for title
II and III of the ADA and to provide technical assistance and
enforcement. The Department also has authority to certify that a
State or local accessibility code is equivalent to the ADA's
requirements for new construction and alterations.
ADA Information Line Call to obtain answers to general and
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