Celebrating the ADA
In July, the nation celebrates the 28th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark legislation prohibited employment discrimination on the basis of disability and is helping ensure all Americans have equal access to employment. ETA is highlighting government and nonprofit resources to support American Job Centers, employers, and people with disabilities on the technical assistance resources available to them.
- Job Accommodation Network (JAN) - JAN (funded through ODEP/DOL) outlined a detailed overview of the ADA broken out by the different titles. They include the following: Title I - Employment; Title II – Public Services; Title III – Public Accommodations; Title IV – Telecommunications; and Title V – Miscellaneous.
- ADA National Network - The ADA National Network (funded through NIDILRR/HHS) provides free information, training, and technical assistance to employers, state/local governments, and individuals with disabilities to help implement the ADA. The ADA National Network consists of 10 Regional ADA Centers focusing on the region’s unique needs across the U.S. To learn more, visit this link or contact an ADA specialist in your region of the country by calling 1-800-949-4232 on how they can support you.
- U.S. Access Board - The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and development of guidelines and standards. This link is one of the most visited Access Board resources that features ADA animation training videos on accessibility. These videos are insightful as we collectively examine ways to maximize inclusion for people with disabilities using the services of the American Job Center.
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) - The EEOC is the agency responsible for administering the ADA's employment provisions and they provide regulatory guidance and technical assistance on all aspects of the ADA and employment. This link features a visual map of the 15 EEOC field offices with jurisdiction oversight and their corresponding contact information.
- ADA.Gov - ADA.gov, a site managed by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, provides information and technical assistance resources on all aspects of the ADA and links with various agencies with jurisdictional oversight.
- Comparing ADA with FMLA - Work-leave policies can be a challenge for many employers and there is sometimes confusion between the difference of the ADA and the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In this link, the ADA National Network developed a Fact Sheet comparing the ADA with the FMLA to help distinguish the two laws.
- Service Animals - Service animals are defined as dogs that are trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. This guidance issued by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice further clarifies this ADA legal provision.