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Rights of Parents with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System

Infographic titled 'Rights of Parents with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System' featuring several text boxes.
Child welfare agencies cannot exclude parents with disabilities from the services offered in child welfare agencies or court systems.
Assumptions, generalizations, or stereotypes about disability should not affect assessments, services, and decisions.
Reasonable modifications to policies, practices, and procedures for parents with disabilities are required for all services and hearings.
Modifications include ensuring physical or programmatic accessibility, or providing auxiliary aids and services to ensure adequate communication and participation. Share on Facebook

Access to Public Services

Access to Public Services
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 Share on Facebook

Five Titles of the ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has five titles, or parts:

Title I Employment
Title II Access to state and local government programs and services
Title III Access to private businesses’ goods and services
Title IV Access to telecommunications
Title V Provisions and relationship to other laws Share on Facebook

Top Barrier Removal Priorities

Infographic titled 'Top Barrier Removal Priorities' featuring a graphic of a building with stairs and a ramp leading to the entrance.

Priority 1: Provide an accessible approach and entrance into the facility

Priority 2: Provide access to goods and services

Priority 3: Provide access to restrooms

Priority 4: Provide other measures necessary to improve access
If you have any questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act, contact us at 1-800-949-4232 Share on Facebook

Accommodation at Doctor's Office

Infographic titled 'Accommodation at Doctor's Office' on a background featuring medical crosses.
In order to ensure access to people with disabilities, private and public medical professionals must:

Make reasonable modifications to policies, practices, & procedures.

Provide auxiliary aids & services, such as a sign language interpreter, to ensure the patient can communicate effectively with medical staff.

Ensure physical access so all your patients and future patients can see their doctor.

Medical facilities may not charge patients for accommodations.

If you have any questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act, contact us at 1-800-949-4232 Share on Facebook

Accessible Shopping: Parking

Infographic titled 'Accessible Shopping: Parking' featuring a picture of a parking space with an access symbol.

Accessible parking spaces help customers access your goods and services and make good business sense!

Remove shopping carts and other items like snow, ice, and leaves from these spaces.

Maintain curb ramps and sidewalks to prevent uneven surfaces from forming so customers can access your entrance.

If you have questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act, contact us at 1-800-949-4232 Share on Facebook

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Webinars

  • Introduction to the Service Animal Toolkit
    July 27, 2022
    Do customers bring dogs into your business claiming they are service animals, emotional support animals, comfort dogs, or therapy dogs? Join Chris Sweet, technical assistant for the Northeast ADA Cent...
  • Small Employer Webinar
    July 25, 2018
     How much do small businesses know about disability, the ADA, and their responsibilities related to reasonable accommodation? In the Northeast ADA Center, we are conducting a study to better unde...
  • Access for All: The ADA and Older People
    March 21, 2018
    The ADA has  done much to improve the quality of life for millions of people—including older people—with disabilities. This webinar will educate participants about how the ADA applies...
  • Is That a Service Animal: What Rights Apply Where
    January 24, 2018
    The Northeast ADA Center is often asked about service animals. It can be confusing for individuals with disabilities, businesses, transit providers, and landlords to know what rights a person with a d...
  • Reasonable Accommodation: A Focus on Small Employers
    August 11, 2017
    Reasonable accommodation is a cornerstone of Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Reasonable accommodation allows people to approach the same work, in a way that works for them;...

News

  • More Businesses are Opening up to People with Disabilities
    September 20, 2017
    More than a decade ago, when Jenny Lay-Flurrie was looking for a job, she told an interviewer at Microsoft that she had some trouble hearing. "I didn't tell them I was profoundly deaf," Lay-Flurrie te...
  • How Employers Can Make Businesses More Inclusive for People with Disabilities
    Michael Ray, who has hearing loss, uses technology that allows him to hold a job that requires talking on the phone at VA Western New York Healthcare. He says other people have used simple accommodati...
  • Survey Opportunity
    August 15, 2018
    Did you know that small businesses (with fewer than 500 employees) constitute more than 98% of New York and New Jersey businesses, and account for over 50% of the private workforce within region 2: Ne...
  • Free Webinar for Small Employers
    July 18, 2018
    Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST. How much do small businesses know about disability, the ADA, and their responsibilities related to reasonable accommodation? Here at the Northeast...
  • Free Webinar for Small Employers
    June 22, 2018
    Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST. How much do small businesses know about disability, the ADA, and their responsibilities related to reasonable accommodation? In the Northeast ADA C...