Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

What is the ADA?

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. It also mandates the establishment of TDD/telephone relay services. The current text of the ADA includes changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-325), which became effective on January 1, 2009. The ADA was originally enacted in public law format and later rearranged and published in the United States Code.

Today the life covers much more than discrimination. It includes sets of guidelines for inclusiveness. It outlines the roles and responsibilities for many of our services, public facilities, construction and remodeling, communication and transportation systems.

The US government has created a detailed website of guidelines and recommendations, including several tools.Visit

If you need help understanding these guidelines, or if you’ve experienced discrimination firsthand, reach out to Voices for Independence. We’re here to help.