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  • The Spirit of the ADA and Your Business
    If you are merely complying with the ADA to meet a legal requirement, you’re missing the true purpose—or spirit—of the ADA.
  • The ADA and Public Places
    Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has a lot to say about businesses that are open to the public.
  • Service Animals Overview
    Service animals are one of the most asked about topics on the Northeast ADA Center’s technical assistance hotline.
  • The ADA and Parking
    Accessible parking is a common feature in parking lots—and a common topic in questions posed on the Northeast ADA Center hotline.
  • The ADA and Title II Public Entities
    The ADA ensures access by people with disabilities to buildings, facilities, programs, services, and activities offered by state and local governments.

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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
The ADA in K-12 Schools
The ADA in K-12 Schools
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to public schools (including charter schools) and private schools from kindergarten through high school.
Religiously controlled schools are exempt from the ADA, but state or local nondiscrimination laws may still apply.
What does the ADA impact in schools?
- All educational programs, services, and activities
- Access to school buildings and facilities, summer programs, and extracurricular activities
- Parent-teacher conferences, school board meetings, adult education, sporting events, school plays, and graduation ceremonies Share on Facebook

Blog Posts


  • Introduction to the Service Animal Toolkit
    07/27/2022- 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...
  • ADA 101.1 Defining Disability
    03/26/2021- This presentation builds on the introduction to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) given in the webinar ADA 101. Intended for those new to the ADA or for those wanting a refresher, this webinar...
  • The ADA & Aging Americans
    08/10/2016- This webinar will discuss the intersection of America’s aging population and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As the American population ages and more individuals join the ranks of sen...
  • How Can We Help? The Impact of Technical Assistance
    07/13/2016- The Northeast ADA Center’s technical assistance team provides one-on-one, on-demand ADA guidance to any stakeholder in its region, which includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico, and the US Vi...
  • Trends in Web Accessibility
    02/10/2016- Much of work, play and community interaction happens online or via mobile apps. The web connects businesses, government and individuals with and without disabilities in numerous ways. How the ADA appl...