My child has a disability. Does the ADA apply to schools as well?

Yes, the ADA applies to schools. Title II of the ADA requires schools make educational instruction, extracurricular activities and facilities, accessible for all students. In addition to the ADA, other laws such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Individual With Disabilities Act (IDEA) also offer additional protections.

If you have more questions about this or if you need to know more about something else under the ADA, please contact the Northeast ADA Center at 1.800.949.4232, by email at northeastada@cornell.edu or by submitting a question through our website.

Many of the stores I go to offer motorized shopping carts I can sit in and shop. One of the grocery stores I use does not have these. Are they in violation of the ADA?

No. Public entities are not required under the ADA to provide things such as personal mobility devices. Stores that offer this often do so as a simple courtesy for customers with disabilities.

If you have more questions about this or if you need to know more about something else under the ADA, please contact the Northeast ADA Center at 1.800.949.4232, by email at northeastada@cornell.edu or by submitting a question through our website.

I want to attend the monthly meetings of my town board. As a wheelchair user I am unable to as the meetings are held on a second floor with no elevator. Do they have to make some accommodation for me?

Yes, under Title II of the ADA a government entity must ensure that programs, services, or activities of the town accessible to people with disabilities. This could be achieved by relocating the monthly meeting to an accessible location or providing an interactive video feed that would allow real-time interaction.

If you have more questions about this or if you need to know more about something else under the ADA, please contact the Northeast ADA Center at 1.800.949.4232, by email at northeastada@cornell.edu or by submitting a question through our website.

I am trying to get my town to be more accessible for people who are wheel chair users. Will the ADA come and help me advocate for this.

The ADA is a law that requires cities and towns to be accessible. It is not an organization that provides advocacy. Fortunately, there are organizations and agencies in communities, such as Independent Living Centers, that will reach out and advocate for the disability community. Finding one in your area can be done so by clicking here.

If you have more questions about this or if you need to know more about something else under the ADA, please contact the Northeast ADA Center at 1.800.949.4232, by email at northeastada@cornell.edu or by submitting a question through our website.

What is “undue hardship” mean relative to reasonable accommodations?

“Undue Hardship” under the ADA is when a public entity would incur significant expenses or have significant difficulty in providing the accommodation. Undue hardship should be looked at on an individual basis and should take into account the full resources of the entity when deciding if the effort and expense is beyond what the entity is capable of.

If you have more questions about this or if you need to know more about something else under the ADA, please contact the Northeast ADA Center at 1.800.949.4232, by email at northeastada@cornell.edu or by submitting a question through our website.

Does the ADA Title I cover short-term disabilities?

When a person has a condition that is considered minor and temporary, such as when they have the flu, the ADA does not count this as a disability. Short-term illness and other impairments may qualify if they are severe. An example might be a person who has undergone hip replacement. They may still be able to meet their job functions but may need an accommodation of light lifting for up to 6 to 8 weeks. The employer would need to consider accommodation requests where it is not an undue burden and would allow the individual to keep working.

If you have more questions about this or if you need to know more about something else under the ADA, please contact the Northeast ADA Center at 1.800.949.4232, by email at northeastada@cornell.edu or by submitting a question through our website.

What does Title III cover under the ADA?

Title III is the section of the ADA that applies to private public entities. Entities can include but are not limited to, shopping malls, restaurants, retail stores, libraries, parks, doctors’ offices etc. Under Title III, these entities must provide equal access to goods and services they provide.

If you have more questions about this or if you need to know more about something else under the ADA, please contact the Northeast ADA Center at 1.800.949.4232, by email at northeastada@cornell.edu or by submitting a question through our website.

What is Title I of the ADA?

Title I of the ADA is a section of the ADA that prohibits discrimination in employment. Title I requires that employers provide reasonable accommodations to qualified candidates and employees with disabilities. Under Title I an employer with 15 or more employees is considered a covered entity that must comply with Title I regulations. It is important to note that individual states, such as NY and NJ, have state laws that mirror Title I and only require one employee to be covered under state employment protections.

If you have more questions about this or if you need to know more about something else under the ADA, please contact the Northeast ADA Center at 1.800.949.4232, by email at northeastada@cornell.edu or by submitting a question through our website.

Am I covered under the ADA if I am elderly?

Being elderly in itself does not warrant protections under the ADA. As a person ages they can begin to experience changes in how they walk, see, and hear as well as develop chronic conditions such as diabetes or arthritis. All of these can bring about challenges to individuals in how a person works, accesses goods and services, or simply ambulate within their communities. The ADA is meant to protect and ensure equal access for people whether born with a disability or have acquired one because of accident or aging. You can go here to find more information about the ADA and aging.

If you have more questions about this or if you need to know more about something else under the ADA, please contact the Northeast ADA Center at 1.800.949.4232, by email at northeastada@cornell.edu or by submitting a question through our website.

Who is protected under the ADA?

Any individual who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity; has a record of having such an impairment; or is regarded as having such an impairment is protected by the ADA. Major life activities can include, but are not limited to, walking, hearing, seeing, breathing, etc.

If you have more questions about this or if you need to know more about something else under the ADA, please contact the Northeast ADA Center at 1.800.949.4232, by email at northeastada@cornell.edu or by submitting a question through our website.

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