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Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by public entities. Title II states that:

“No qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any public entity.”[1]

Public entities must ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to the services, programs, and activities offered by state and local government entities, delivered in the most integrated manner possible.

What’s a public entity? Generally, a public entity is any state or local government, as well as any department, agency, or special purpose district of a state or local government. Examples include public schools, public libraries, and state vocational rehabilitation agencies.


[1] Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as Amended, 42 U.S.C. § 12132. (1990).



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