Americans with Disabilities Act

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits the exclusion of people with disabilities from everyday activities, such as buying an item at the store, watching a movie in a theater, enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, exercising at the local health club or having the car serviced at a local garage. To meet the goals of the ADA, the law established requirements for private businesses of all sizes. These requirements first went into effect on January 26, 1992, and continue for both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

The Department of Justice revised regulations implementing the ADA. New rules took effect on March 15, 2011.

"ADA Update: A Primer for Small Business" from the Dept. of Justice

For information on Accessibility regulations, please visit the U.S. Department of Justice's website at

A Certified Access Specialist (CASp) certified through the Division of the State Architect (DSA) may be hired to inspect buildings and sites for compliance with applicable state and federal construction-related accessibility standards.To learn more about the services of a CASp, visit the State of California Division of the State Architect website.

To get answers to questions about the ADA or to learn more about the law, call the Department of Justice ADA Information Line, toll-free at 1-800-514-0301 voice and 1-800-514-0383 TDD.

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