Introduction to ADA
The Americans with Disabilities Act, a civil rights law modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, was signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. The purpose of the ADA is to ensure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.
The ADA was amended in 2008 by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). The main intention of the ADAAA was to broaden the scope of the definition of “disability” under the ADA.
The ADA consists of five titles:
- Title I: Employment
- Title II: Public Services
- Title III: Public Accommodations
- Title IV: Telecommunications
- Title V: Miscellaneous provisions