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Regulations & Guidelines

ADA and ADA Amendments Act

President Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (PL 101-336)--Text of the Americans of Disabilities Act of 1990, As Amended

ADA Amendments Act of 2008   The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 was signed into law on September 25, 2008, with a statutory effective date of January 1, 2009. The Amendments Act makes important changes to the definition of the term “disability”. The effect of these changes is to make it easier for an individual seeking protection under the ADA to establish that he or she has a disability within the meaning of the ADA.

Regulations to Implement the ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Questions and Answers on the Final Rule Implementing the ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Questions and Answers for Small Businesses: the Final Rule Implementing the ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Employment Provisions (Title I)

Title I Technical Assistance Manual--The Title I Technical Assistance manual provides guidance in implementing the Title I regulations of the ADA.  The guide is written in a Q and A format and provides numerous examples.  The Guide does not, however, include changes to the definition of a disability under the ADA Amendments Act that affect Title I implementation.

Enforcement Guidance on Reasonable Accommodation and Undue Hardship under the ADA (Issued by the EEOC in 2002)

State and Local Government Provisions (Title II)

Americans with Disabilities Act Title II Regulations --These revised title II regulations integrate the Department of Justice's;new regulatory provisions with the text of the existing title II regulations that were unchanged by the 2010 revisions.

Title II Technical Assistance Manual --Provides guideance on implementing the tite II regulations using a question and answer format and numerous examples.  The Manual, however, does NOT include the changes made to the title II regualations in 2010.  

Business and Industry Provisions (Title III)

Title III Regulations with 2010 Revisions

Title III Technical Assistance Manual (Public Accommodations Provisions)

Design Standards

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
--These standards went into effect on March 15, 2012 and should be used for new construction, renovations, and remodeling of facilities covered by the ADA.

1991 ADA Accessiblity Guidelines (ADAAG)--Existing facilities built prior to the adoption of the 2010 ADA Standards are considered in compliance with the ADA and do not have to make changes to meet those standards.  However, any addition, renovation, or remodel of the structure must adhere to the 2010 ADA Standards.

Public Rights-of-Way-- Guidelines cover pedestrian access to sidewalks and streets, including crosswalks, curb ramps, street furnishings, pedestrian signals, parking, and other components of public rights-of-way. 

Outdoor Developed Areas--These guidelines address access to new or altered trails, beach access routes, and picnic and camping areas. These guidelines will become enforceable standards once they are adopted into the ABA (federal) standards and, under later rulemaking, the ADA standards.

Recreation Guidelines--the U.S. Access Board has developed a series of guides that explain the recreation requirements found in the 2010 ADA Standards. These include: Amusement Rides; Boarting Facilities; Fishing Piers and Platforms;Golf Facilities; Miniatrue Golf Faciliteis; Play Areas; Sports Facilities; Swimming Pools, Wading Pools and Spas

Information Technology/Communication

Section 508 Guidelines (Guide to Accessible Information Technology Standards)

Acessibility of State and Local Government Websites to People with Disabilities
Accessibility of State and Local Government Websites to People with Disabilities (PDF)

Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act--Requires telecommunications products and services to be accessible to people with disabilities.

Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act--Provides protections to enable people with disabilities to access broad and, digital and mobile innovations. (March 2010)