On July 26, 2014, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will mark its 24th anniversary. The ADA, passed in 1990, is the milestone civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life. The ADA levels the playing field for people with disabilities and assures equal treatment and opportunities for people with disabilities on the job, in school, in the community, in transportation and telecommunications and more.
Interested in learning more about the ADA? The following resources are some of the many available to access more information.
ADA.gov: The U.S. Department of Justice’s ADA.gov website, run by the agency’s Civil Rights Division, provides a comprehensive overview, information and technical assistance about the Americans with Disabilities Act, links to federal and state resources and a toll-free information line.
The ADA National Network: The ADA National Network includes 10 regional centers nationwide that offer information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Funded by a grant through the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the ADA National Network is a tremendous resource on all things ADA and is designed to serve businesses, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels. Each region offers free and confidential resources, information, training and information specialists to help get your questions answered about the ADA. Find the regional center near you at adata.org or call the toll-free voice or TTY line 1-800-949-4232.
ADA Anniversary Toolkit: Each year the ADA National Network’s Southeast ADA Center creates an ADA Anniversary Toolkit to connect individuals, businesses and the media to ADA tools, resources and events nationwide to celebrate the ADA Anniversary. Explore the toolkit at adaanniversary.org.
U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Website and ADA Webpage: ODEP’s ADA web page links users to information and resources about the ADA as it relates to work and employment. The ODEP website also includes many resources regarding employment and the ADA.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) ADA Library: ODEP’s Job Accommodation Network, which provides free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations, hosts an ADA Library with information about the law and amendments.
TaxAccess: National Disability Institute in collaboration with the Southeast ADA Center and as part of its work on the MyFreeTaxes project, hosts the TaxAccess project and website. TaxAccess provides a “safe place” for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site coordinators and volunteers to asks questions and access resources regarding the ADA to better serve taxpayers with disabilities.