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Americans with Disabilities Act


The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was signed into law to prevent discrimination against and  ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities. The law was amended in 2008 to address legal questions which arose regarding who was covered under the Act. 

The ADA is divided into sections that address equal opportunity in employment, public services, public accommodations, services operated by private entities, communications devices, and miscellaneous provisions regarding  construction, retaliation and coercion, attorney’s fees, federal wilderness areas, illegal use of drugs, and other issues.

In June 2013, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released four revised documents in its Disability Discrimination: The Question and Answer Series on protections against disability discrimination in employment for people with cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, and intellectual disabilities. 

This website from the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice provides information and technical assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act including publications, videos, and who to contact with questions.  

The ADA National Network Disability Law Handbook (2013) 
Available in html at and in PDF at
The ADA National Network describes its Disability Law Handbook with the following disclaimer on the Web page above: "This handbook is a broad overview of rights and obligations under federal disability laws. Individual state laws may impose more stringent obligations. This handbook is intended to inform rather than to advise, and the information provided is of a general nature. You should consult an attorney for advice about your particular situation."

Disability Discrimination
This web page from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission addresses employment discrimination against persons with disabilities. In June 2013, the Commission revised four documents in its Questions and Answers Series on protections for people with cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, and intellectual disabilities:
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