Public entity

Generally speaking, a public entity is a state or local government, as well as any agency, office, or department run by a state or local government. Examples include public libraries, city police departments, community colleges, public schools, county social services, and state vocational rehabilitation agencies. 

[ Read: The ADA and Title II Public Entities ]

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Title II: What is a Public Entity?
'Title II: What Is a Public Entity?'

Title II of the ADA applies to 'Public Entities.'
These include: any state or local government, departments and agencies of state or local government, and commuter rail authorities and AMTRAK.

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Access to Public Services
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Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to public entities and their programs, services, and activities. 
The ADA defines a public entity as:
- Any state or local government
- Any department, agency, special purpose district, or other instrumentality of a state or states or local government
- The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) and any commuter authority
What are some examples?
- Town libraries
- City police departments
- County government offices
- Public schools and universities
- City subways
Program Access
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