10 Essentials You Need to Know About the ADA (Number 5 Will Surprise You!)

How much do you know about the American Disability Act? Here are 10 essentials you need to know and number 5 will surely surprise you.

1. ADA stands for American with Disabilities Act.  It’s a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation and all public and private places that are open to the general public.

2. The ADA was signed into law in 1990. Hundreds of organizations and government agencies signed the Proclamation for the 25th ADA Anniversary in 2015.

3. Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act. There are five sections, referred to in the law as “titles” that detail the rights of approximately 54 million Americans with disabilities. The ADA impacts employers, schools, businesses and transportation providers.

4. ADA provide access to proper health care. Proper health care leads to improved quality of life for people with disabilities, and the ADA requires doctors and hospitals to provide equal access to health care to all Americans, regardless of disability.

5. ADA allows you to get the 5-Star accessibility treatment. The ADA (i.e., Title III) requires all hotels and motels in the U.S. to make their facilities equally accessible to people with disabilities. There are two types of accessible guest rooms: those with “mobility” features and others with “communication” features. For guests with mobility impairments, roll-in showers and grab bars, lower counters and closet bars are a few of the structural features that should be offered. For guests who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, hotels and motels are required to provide rooms equipped with visual notification devices, telephone amplifiers and TDDs (Telecommunication Devices for the Deaf)

6. The ADA promotes accessible public transportation.  The ADA allows people with disability have access to public transportation through mandatory accessibility features. Common accessibility features include accessible parking, elevators, raised lettering and Braille signage, automatic doors, wheelchair turnstiles and lifts, public address systems, curb cuts, elevator status announcements and TDDs.

7. The ADA stipulates inclusivity in the workforce.  The ADA allows people with disabilities to find and be accepted in jobs they are qualified to do. Title I of the ADA requires employers with 15 or more employees to treat qualified individuals with disabilities equally in all stages of employment.

8. The ADA and Emergency Planning, Response and Recovery. The ADA requires equal access for, and prohibits discrimination against, people with disabilities in emergency planning, response and recovery. Emergency shelters should also evaluate their facilities for accessibility.

9. The ADA Network. Its is important to know that there’s actually a community wherein you can consult and discuss ADA and further understand your rights. One of it is ADA National Network, which consists of 10 regional centers and an ADA Knowledge Translation Center (ADAKTC). It provides basic information on the five titles of the ADA, as well as fact sheets on various ADA topics that help businesses, governments and individuals at local, regional and national levels understand the ADA and how it applies to them.

10. Technology and ADA. Assistive allows individuals with disabilities to perform tasks or functions they might otherwise be unable to do. For example, someone with low vision may not be able to read a book without a video camera magnifier. Under the ADA, governments and public entities must provide devices temporarily to help individuals with disabilities access their programs and services.

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Thank you Rachel for this post!