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Revised ADA Regulations Implementing Title II and Title III
(Published in the Federal Register, September 15, 2010,
and taking effect on March 15, 2011)

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design

Amendment of Title II and Title III Regulations:
Extension of Compliance Date for Existing Pools

(New May 21, 2012)

Questions and Answers: Accessibility Requirements for Existing Swimming Pools at Hotels and Other Public Accommodations (HTML) | (PDF)
(New May 24, 2012)

Updated Document -- ADA Requirements: Accessible Pools -
Means of Entry and Exit (HTML)
| (PDF)

(Updated May 24, 2012)

Re-Broadcast of May 2012 Webinars
Accessible Pools: Means of Entry and Exit

Existing Pools under Titles II and III under the ADA

ADA Update:
A Primer for Small Business (HTML)
| (PDF)
An illustrated guide to help small businesses understand
the new and updated requirements of the revised ADA regulations.

(Updated March 16, 2011)

Revised ADA Requirements: Ticket Sales (HTML) | (PDF)

Revised ADA Requirements: Service Animals (HTML) | (PDF)

Revised ADA Requirements:
Effective Date and Compliance Date (HTML)
| PDF

Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Updated December 7, 2010)
Accessibility of Web Information and Services Provided by Entities Covered by the ADA
Movie Captioning and Video Description
Accessibility of Next Generation 9-1-1
Equipment and Furniture


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Project Civic Access
(new agreement May 9, 2013)
Cities, towns, and counties across America take steps
to make programs, services, and facilities accessible

Tool Kit For State And Local Governments

 

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U.S. Attorney Program for ADA Enforcement
Barrier-Free Health Care Initiative
(updated May 3, 2013)




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Fighting Discrimination Against People with HIV/AIDS
(updated March 13, 2013)




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Olmstead: Community Integration for Everyone
The Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision Olmstead v. L.C.
June 22, 1999
(updated April 23, 2013)

 

1991 ADA Standards for Accessible Design

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design


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Access To Medical Care For
Individuals With Mobility Disabilities

New from the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services
(New July 22, 2010)

ADA Business Connection
ADA Business Connection
Information for Businesses including ADA Publications,
ADA Business Briefs, Design Standards, and ADA Regulations

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Reaching Out to Customers with Disabilities --
an online ADA course for businesses

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ADA Video Gallery
Ten Employment Myths
My Country
Ten Small Business Mistakes,
Police Response to People with Disabilities,
ADA Signing Ceremony

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ADA Checklist for Emergency Shelters

An ADA Guide for Local Governments:
Making Community Emergency Preparedness
and Response Programs Accessible
to People with Disabilities

PCA Tool Kit: Chapter 7
Emergency Management Under Title II of the ADA

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ADA Checklist for Polling Places

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My Country: Online Streaming Video

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or by calling the ADA Information Line

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ADA Information for Law Enforcement
Police Response to People With Disabilities

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Call to obtain answers to general and technical questions about the ADA and to order technical assistance materials:
800-514-0301 (voice) 800-514-0383 (TTY)

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View or download Department of Justice ADA regulations and technical assistance documents for businesses, and state and local governments including the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

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View or download settlement agreements and consent decrees, ADA Status Reports: Enforcing the ADA, and ADA briefs.

Latest Status Report: (posted August 9, 2012)
Enforcing the ADA, A Status Report, April - June 2011

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The ADA requires the Department to provide technical assistance to businesses, State and local governments, and individuals with responsibilities and rights under the law.

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The Department is authorized to certify building codes that meet or exceed the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

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Amendment of Americans With Disabilities Act Title II and Title III Regulations: Extension of Compliance Date for Existing Pools (New May 21, 2012)

Revised ADA Regulations Implementing Title II and Title III (Updated May 21, 2012)

ADA Update: A Primer for Small Business (HTML) | (PDF) (updated March 16, 2011)

Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Updated December 7, 2010)

  • Accessibility of Web Information and Services Provided by Entities Covered by the ADA
  • Movie Captioning and Video Description
  • Accessibility of Next Generation 9-1-1
  • Equipment and Furniture

Notice of Public Hearing (Updated November 2, 2010)
The Department will hold three public hearings on the Advanced Notices of Proposed Rulemaking published in the Federal Register on July 26, 2010
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Other Items of Interest

bullet graphic Accessibility (Design and Construction) Requirements for Covered Multifamily Dwellings under the Fair Housing Act -- Joint Statement of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice (new May 2, 2013)

bullet graphic United States v. University of Nebraska at Kearney - A memorandum and opinion in a Fair Housing Act case involving a challenge to the University of Nebraska's refusal to permit a student to have her emotional support animal in university housing. ADA issues unrelated to service animals are discussed. (new April 24, 2013)

For more information about this case, visit the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section’s website

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bullet graphic Disability Rights Online News (new December 8, 2011)
A monthly update about the Civil Rights Division's activities in the area of disability rights.

bullet graphic Letter to States Regarding Illegal Exclusion of Individuals with HIV/AIDS from Occupational Training and State Licensing (new May 5, 2011)

bullet graphic Memorandum to Federal Agency Civil Rights Directors and General Counsels concerning use of the 2010 ADA Standards under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as an alternative accessibility standard. (new April 1, 2011)

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bullet graphic Letter to the American Hotel and Lodging Association regarding accessible entry and exit for swimming pools and spas (HTML)

bullet graphic Frequently Asked Questions about Filing an ADA Complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice (new August 2, 2010)

bullet graphic Complaint: The United States District Court For The District Of Nebraska (QuikTrip Corporation) re: ensuring accessibility of hundreds of gas stations, convenience stores, truck stops, and travel centers; fueling and other types of assistance; independent licensed architect certification; website accessibility; compensatory damages fund for aggrieved individuals (new July 15, 2010)

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bullet graphic Information about the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 ( November 24, 2009)

bullet graphic Complaint:  United States of America v. Patric LeHouillier and LeHouillier & Associates, P.C. re: denying access to his law offices because an individual with a disability was accompanied by a service animal (November 4, 2009)

bullet graphicInternational Treaty on the Rights of People with Disabilities (August 14, 2009)

bullet graphicJustice Department Intervenes In Americans With Disabilities Act Lawsuit Against Transportation Provider (June 25, 2009)

bullet graphicStatement by the Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Addressing Civil Rights in the Response to H1N1 Influenza (May 11, 2009)

bullet graphic Justice Department Sues Nobel Learning Communities Inc. for Discrimination Against Children with Disabilities (April 28, 2009)

bullet graphicJustice Department Files Lawsuit Alleging Disability Discrimination by the City of Baltimore, Maryland (April 24, 2009)

bullet graphic Access for All: Five Years of Progress,
A Report from the Department of Justice on Enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act

bullet graphic Long v. Benson (PDF) (April 2, 2009)
Appellate Brief for the United States as Amicus Curiae supporting appellee – re: private right of action under title II to obtain integrated community-based services under Olmstead

bullet graphic Arizona v. Harkins Amusement Enterprises, Inc. (PDF) (February 6, 2009)
Appellate Brief for the United States as Amicus Curiae supporting appellants and urging reversal – re: closed captions and video description as auxiliary aids in movie theaters

bullet graphic The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
and the ADA: What You Need To Know
(new March 25, 2009)

bullet graphic Text of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, including changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-325) (new March 20, 2009)

bullet graphic U.S. Sues Five Manhattan Hotels For Violations Of ADA (PDF) | (HTML)

bullet graphic Federal Agencies Jointly Issue Publications on Making EEO Mediation Accessible to People with Disabilities

bullet graphic Department of Homeland Security Highlights Acess for All Policy Initiatives for Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Emergency Preparedness

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Faces of the ADA:
ADA Stories and Photos

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"Without the ADA I never would have been able to pursue my dream
of playing golf professionally." Casey Martin

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ADA Stories:
Four Communities Improve Civic Access

San Antonio, Texas; Springfield, Missouri; Summers County, West Virginia, and Fernandina Beach, Florida

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