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Accessibility and the ADA (American Disabilities Act): General Resources

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For information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Voice) 1-800-514-0301 or (TTY) 1-800-514-0383


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Accessibility and the ADA covers resources about Accessibility in general and specific topics for people with disabilities. In addition there are resources for the American Disabilities Act (ADA) legislation and its subsequent Title chapters, and the National ADA Network.

YOU are a citizen of the United States and have the right as other citizens to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Unfortunately discrimination against individuals with disabilities persists in such critical areas as employment, housing, public accommodations, education, transportation, communication, recreation, institutionalization, health services, voting, and access to public services.

Under the ADA, the Nation's proper goals regarding individuals with disabilities are to assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for people with physical and mental disabilities.

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New Sign ADA National Network: The ADA National Network provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of business, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels. Ten regional Centers that comprise the ADA National Network staff a toll-free information line and respond to inquiries submitted online via email or regional Center websites (See below).

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The U.S. Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. It operates with about 30 staff and a governing board of representatives from Federal departments and public members appointed by the President. Key responsibilities of the Board include:

For guidance on design requirements applicable to housing covered by the ADA, or to federally funded housing subject to the Architectural Barriers Act, contact the Board at (800) 872-2253 (voice), (800) 993-2822 (TTY), ta@access-board.gov (e-mail), or visit their website.

New Sign An Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life.


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Northeast

Northeast ADA & IT Center Information on the ADA and Accessible Information Technology is part of a national network of centers which provide information, referrals, resources, and training on equal opportunity for people with disabilities and on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Employment & Disability Institute at Cornell University serves the Northeast Center which serves businesses, employers, government entities, individuals with disabilities, and the media in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They also conduct research to help increase knowledge on best practices for the employment of people with disabilities. Call toll-free: 1.800.949.4232, Email: northeastada@cornell.edu


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