The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA is a major federal civil rights law that protects the rights of
people with disabilities. Disabilities that are covered by the law include any physical or mental impairment
that substantially limits one or more major life activities; Persons with a history of such an impairment;
persons who are regarded by others as having such an impairment; or persons who are associated with
persons with such an impairment are also covered by the law.

The law provides protection from discrimination and mandates accessibility to persons with disabilities in
several areas: employment, public transportation, public entities, private businesses, telecommunications
and many others. Please note that housing is not covered by the ADA. Housing rights for persons with
disabilities are covered by the federal Fair Housing Act.

For more information, visit the New England ADA Center.

View our film:

“Just a Part of Business: A Very Grassroots look at the ADA”

Produced by Independence Northwest and our Northwest Activists for Disability Rights group.

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