Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The National Council on Disability notes in their book, “Equality of Opportunity: The Making of the Americans with Disabilities Act”

[The Americans with Disabilities Act] champions human rights themes by declaring that people with disabilities are an integral part of society and, as such, should not be segregated, isolated, or subjected to the effects of discrimination. The ADA is also distinctively American. It embraces several archetypal American themes such as self-determination, self-reliance, and individual achievement. The ADA is about enabling people with disabilities to take charge of their lives and join the American mainstream. It seeks to do so by fostering employment opportunities, facilitating access to public transportation and public accommodations, and ensuring the use of our nation’s communications systems….In a long tradition of promoting civil rights, the ADA upholds the principle that each individual has the potential, and deserves the right to participate in, and contribute to, society….It has altered our public discourse about disability and about the role of people with disabilities in American society. Future generations will look back on the passage of the ADA as a watershed public policy.

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Celebrating the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Aug 10 2016

In July 2016 we recognized the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990 (a whole generation ago!), the ADA offers protection to the more than 50 million Americans living with disabilities. It prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in such areas as employment, education, transportation, and in all public and private places open to the public. The purpose of the ADA is to ensure that those with disabilities are afforded the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

“Effective Communication” Technical Assistance Docs Now Available

Feb 10 2014

The Justice Department published a technical assistance documents to assist the public in understanding how the ADA applies to their unique circumstances.  "Effective Communication" provides guidance on the 2010 regulations provisions relating to communicating effectively with people who have vision, hearing, or speech disabilities.  Both are part of the Department's "ADA Requirements" publication series.

Vermont Theater Installs Assistive Listening Devices

Aug 27 2012

From U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Vermont, 8/1/2012

Following investigation of a complaint regarding compliance issues with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) at the Savoy Theater in Montpelier, Vermont, the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont and the Savoy Theater have reached an agreement for the Savoy Theater to come into compliance with the ADA.