Americans with Disabilities Act: Questions and Answers
Barriers to employment, transportation, public accommodations, public services, and telecommunications have imposed staggering economic and social costs on American society and have undermined our well-intentioned efforts to educate, rehabilitate, and employ individuals with disabilities. By breaking down these barriers, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will enable society to benefit from the skills and talents of individuals with disabilities, will allow us all to gain from their increased purchasing power and ability to use it, and will lead to fuller, more productive lives for all Americans.
The Americans with Disabilities Act gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, State and local government services, and telecommunications.
Fair, swift, and effective enforcement of this landmark civil rights legislation is a high priority of the Federal Government. The below links are designed to provide answers to some of the most often asked questions about the ADA. Please note for your ease we have broken these into specific categories relative to Title and applicability.
For answers to additional questions, call the ADA Information Line 800-514-0301 (voice) 800-514-0383 (TTY)
Telephone Numbers for ADA Information This list contains the telephone numbers of Federal agencies that are responsible for providing information to the public about the Americans with Disabilities Act and organizations that have been funded by the Federal government to provide information through staffed information centers. The agencies and organizations listed are sources for obtaining information about the law's requirements and informal guidance in understanding and complying with the ADA.
ADA Information Line U.S. Department of Justice For ADA publications and questions 800-514-0301 (voice) 800-514-0383 (TTY) www.ada.gov
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission For publications 800-669-3362 (voice) 800-800-3302 (TTY) For questions 800-669-4000 (voice) 800-669-6820 (TTY) www.eeoc.gov