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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. It also applies to the United States Congress.

To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability or have a relationship or association with an individual with a disability. An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covere

Rehabilitation Act

The Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by Federal agencies, in programs receiving Federal financial assistance, in Federal employment, and in the employment practices of Federal contractors. The standards for determining employment discrimination under the Rehabilitation Act are the same as those used in title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Civil Rights Division

Disability Rights Section:

Disability Rights

Disability Rights Section's Guid to Disability Rights Laws:

From HEARD officers

The information and materials on this website have been prepared and provided by HEARD for informational purposes only. They do not constitute legal advice. It is not intended as professional counsel and should not be used as such. You should contact an attorney to obtain legal advice about any particular issue or problem.

Helpful Resources

Resources on Telecommunications Access for Deaf Detainees/Prisoners
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