The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people with disabilities from discrimination.
Disability rights are civil rights. From voting to parking, the ADA is a law that protects people with disabilities in many areas of public life.
How the ADA Works
Information for businesses, state and local governments, and people with disabilities
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History of the ADA
The ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990, following many years of advocacy by the disability and civil rights communities.
Since then, the ADA has transformed American society, guaranteeing that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to enjoy employment opportunities, purchase goods and services, and participate in state and local government programs.
The ADA was modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. The ADA is an equal opportunity law for people with disabilities.
How to Report a Disability Rights Violation
If you believe that you or someone else experienced unlawful discrimination, you can report a disability rights violation.