The ADA is a Comprehensive National Civil Rights Law
A COMPREHENSIVE CIVIL RIGHTS LAW FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):
What is the Role of the Department of Rehabilitation?
The Department of Rehabilitation has been designated as the lead agency in California's efforts to implement the ADA. This includes providing:
Covers Five Areas Affecting Daily Living:
TITLE I - EMPLOYMENT
Employment practices cannot discriminate against qualified people with disabilities in the application, recruitment, hiring or any other terms of employment.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - 1-800-669-4000; 1-800-800-3302 TDD
TITLE II - PUBLIC SERVICES
Prohibits state and local government from discriminating against people with disabilities or from excluding participation or denying benefits of programs, services or activities.
U.S. Department of Justice - 1-800-514-0301; 1-800-514-0383 TDD
TITLE III - ACCESS TO BUSINESSES
Private businesses must not discriminate in the goods, services, facilities, procedures and privileges, advantages and accommodations offered to the public.
U.S. Department of Justice - 1-800-514-0301; Voice l-800-514-0383 TDD
U.S. Department of Transportation - (202) 366-9305; (202) 755-7687 TDD
TITLE IV - TELECOMMUNICATIONS
All common carriers of telephone services must offer non-voice relay services which interface with voice services.
Federal Communications Commission - (202) 632-7260; (202) 632-6999 TDD
TITLE V - MISCELLANEOUS
Depicts the ADA's relationship to other laws. Explains implementation of each title and notes amendments to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
U.S. Department of Justice - 1-800-514-0301; 1-800-Sl 4-0383 TDD
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is about changing attitudes. It is about assuring the inclusion of people with disabilities into the social, political, and economic mainstream of society. The ADA requires us to change the way society thinks about people with disabilities. No longer is it appropriate to focus on what people cannot do, but rather on what they can do.
"Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down. "
President George Bush
July 26, 1990