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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Reasonable Accommodation: A Focus on Small Employers
    08/11/2017- 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;...
  • Accessible Beach Access Routes
    06/28/2017-  It’s that time of year that many of us take advantage of the summer weather and “head to the shore” for some R&R. This webinar will review the scoping and technical require...

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ADA Checklist: Places of Public Accommodation
Infographic titled 'ADA Checklist: Places of Public Accommodation' featuring a graphic of a supermarket storefront and a bulleted list.
Are the entrance and approach to the entrance accessible?
Can visitors get to the goods or products offered in an accessible manner?
Are toilet rooms accessible?
Visit www.adachecklist.org to learn more.
If you have any questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act, contact us at 1-800-949-4232
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
"But I'm Grandfathered in..." "...Not so fast!"
Infographic titled 'But I'm Grandathered in... ...Not so fast!' featuring a graphic of a cafe on a city street.

The ADA requires places of public accommodation to remove barriers to access when it is readily achievable to do so, even if construction predates the passage of the ADA.

Visit www.adachecklist.org to learn more
If you have any questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act, contact us at 1-800-949-4232
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.

If you have questions about the Americans with Disabilities act, contact us at 1-800-949-4232.
Public Beaches
Infographic titled 'Public Beaches' featuring a photo of a path leading to a sandy beach.

Public Beaches must be accessible to people with disabilities. 
Facilities that serve beaches such as parking lots, toilet rooms, concessions and showers, must be accessible and located on an accessible route.
Beach access routes can be permanent or removable.

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