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Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a law that prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities. The law protects the basic civil rights of the millions of persons with disabilities throughout the United States. The ADA guarantees people with disabilities the same opportunities as other Americans when it comes to:
Earning a Living: Title I of the ADA covers all employment practices, including hiring and firing, raises and promotions, job training, insurance and other benefits. As determined by specific guidelines, employers are required to make reasonable accommodations unless it would impose undue hardship on the employer.
State and Local Government Programs and Services:People with disabilities may not be excluded from educational and recreation programs, even if separate programs are available. If a public service operates out of an inaccessible office, it must be moved or provided at another location.
Transportation: The ADA covers traveling by bus or rail. All trains, buses and their stations must be accessible.
Public Accommodations: Public accommodations must be accessible. This includes places that provide food and drink, lodging, entertainment, areas for public gathering, shopping and rental services, recreation or exercise, education, social services, travel and more.
Telephone Relay Services: Telephone companies must provide telephone relay services for persons who use TDDs (Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf) or similar devices at no extra charge. Relay services are available by dialing 711.
For more information about what the ADA means for your situation, call the ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301. The TDD number is 800-514-0383.
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