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  • Service Animal Scenarios
    03/27/2019- Chris Sweet, Northeast ADA Technical Assistance and Outreach Specialist will present Service Animal Scenarios. Service animals have begun emerging in popular media as a topic of contention as airline...
  • Accommodations for Healthcare in the Workplace
    09/26/2018-  When people think of accommodations in a health care environment, they often think of patients and visitors. However, health care professionals also have disabilities and may require a reasonabl...
  • Small Employer Webinar
    07/25/2018-  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...
  • Effective Communication
    05/23/2018-  Talking about medical issues can be difficult in any context. When a patient is speaking with their medical care provider, there are a variety of challenges, barriers, and misunderstandings that...
  • Is That a Service Animal: What Rights Apply Where
    01/24/2018- One of the most popular topics that the Northeast ADA gets asked about is service animals. It can be confusing for individuals with disabilities, businesses, transit providers, and landlords to know w...

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Top 5 Historic Moments in Disability Rights
Infographic titled 'Top 5 Historic Moments in Disability Rights' featuring a background with exploding fireworks.

1968 - Architectural Barriers Act passed

1972 - Ed Robert and others establish the first Center for Independent Living

1973 - Rehabilitation Act Section 504 Passed

1988 - Dr. I. King Jordan named first Deaf President of Gallaudet University

1990 - Americans with Disabilities Act passed

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Because of the ADA
Infographic titled 'Because of the ADA.'

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law on July 26, 1990. The ADA is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including access to jobs, schools, transportation, and public and private places that are open to the general public. The law is divided into five titles (or areas) where the various protections for people with disabilities are spelled out. The goal of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

Here are just a few of the positive effects that can be observed today, all because of the ADA.

Are you going out into the community? You can park in an accessible parking space. You can take an accessible bus. You can easily enter stores because of a curb ramp and doors that are accessible. You can navigate through stores along a clear path of travel. Signage at areas like bathrooms is clear and concise with raised characters and Braille. Drinking fountains are accessible. The checkout counter and service counters you encounter are lower and more accessible. You can bring your service animal with you.

Are you going to the movies? theaters offer assisted listening devices to help you hear better.

Are you making a phone call? You can use a relay service to assist you with communication.

Are you going to a concert or sporting event? You have access to wheelchair accessible seats alongside your friends and family.

Are you going to work? You can request a change in how things are typically done from your employer, called a reasonable accommodation, to assist you with work tasks.

Are you going to vote or to a town meeting? Your polling place and municipal programs, offices and meetings must be accessible to you.

Are you going to the Doctor? You can request an interpreter to communicate more efficiently. You can request medical information in a manner that works for you.

Nearly 37 million people in our country have a disability and nearly 25% of today's 20 year olds will experience disability in their lifetime. (ADA National Network, ADA Anniversary Toolkit)

'This Act is powerful in its simplicity. it will ensure that people with disabilities are given the basic guarantees for which they have worked so long and hard. Independence, freedom of choice, control of their own lives, the opportunity to blend fully and equally into the rich mosaic of the American mainstream.' -President George H.W. Bush, ADA Signing Ceremony, July 26, 1990
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.
If you have any ADA related questions, please call us at 1.800.949.4232
Student Rights in Postsecondary Education
Infographic titled 'Student Rights in Postsecondary Education' featuring several text boxes.
In order to get an academic adjustment in college, you must identify yourself as having a disability.
Examples of adjustments include providing note takers, recording devices, sign language interpreters, and extended time for testing.
The school is not required to lower or waive essential course requirements.
A school cannot charge you for providing an academic adjustment.
If you have any questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act, contact us at 1-800-949-4232
Important ADA Activists: Ed Roberts
Infographic titled 'Important ADA Activists: Ed Roberts’.
 Father of the Independent Living Movement. Pioneer in Disability Rights Movement.
 Quote: ‘The greatest lesson of the civil rights movement is that the moment you let others speak for you, you lose’
 Image source: https://mn.gov/mnddc/ed-roberts/gallery.html
 Quote source: https://autisticadvocacy.org/category/quotes
 If you have questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act, contact us at 1-800-949-4232