ADA Rights/Legislation

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is a law that was enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1990. The ADA is a Federal law that excludes discriminatory practice against persons with disabilities and preserves their rights of equal access to employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.

Who is Covered by Title III of the ADA? (following excerpt taken from Title III Highlights)

The title III regulation covers —

  • Public accommodations (i.e., private entities that own, operate, lease, or lease to places of public accommodation),
  • Commercial facilities, and
  • Private entities that offer certain examinations and courses related to educational and occupational certification.

Places of public accommodation include over five million private establishments, such as restaurants, hotels, theaters, convention centers, retail stores, shopping centers, dry cleaners, laundromats, pharmacies, doctors’ offices, hospitals, museums, libraries, parks, zoos, amusement parks, private schools, day care centers, health spas, and bowling alleys.

Commercial facilities are nonresidential facilities, including office buildings, factories, and warehouses, whose operations affect commerce.

Entities controlled by religious organizations, including places of worship, are not covered.

Private clubs are not covered, except to the extent that the facilities of the private club are made available to customers or patrons of a place of public accommodation.

State and local governments are not covered by the title III regulation, but rather by the Department of Justice’s title II regulation.


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