The ADA and Public Places
Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has a lot to say about businesses that are open to the public.
What Is the Americans with Disabilities Act?
The ADA includes a definition of disability and has five titles (sections) that forbid a wide range of discrimination.
The Spirit of the ADA and Your Business
If you are merely complying with the ADA to meet a legal requirement, you’re missing the true purpose—or spirit—of the ADA.
Public Places Overview
Title III is about non-government places where goods and services are sold. An important term in Title III is public accommodation.
- Historical concerns with H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017
From Wendy Strobel Gower, Project Director, Northeast ADA Center: My friend and colleague Jim DeJong was part of an email chain in which we were discussing the ADA Education and Reform...
- The ADA and Small Business Owners: What You (Really) Need to Know
Jennifer Perry, Access Specialist, Northeast ADA Center “I own a small business that is grandfathered from the ADA because our building is old. Sure, I would like to be more accessible, but legally I’...
- What the ADA Tells Us about Accessibility when Implementing COVID-19 Regulations
During these unprecedented times when there is so much uncertainty about what the “new normal” will look like as the country begins to re-open, we wanted to remind everyone about an oldie-...
- GET OUT THE VOTE! Equal access is the key.
As politics permeates all forms of media we access today it is important to remember that our true voice in government begins with our ability to vote. Franklin D. Roosevelt said "Nobody will...
- Are my accommodations very accommodating?
With summer vacations in our mind here at the Northeast ADA Center, it has got us thinking about hotels. More importantly it has us thinking about accessible hotels. While the original Americans wit...
- Topic 3. Building trust Making it safe to come forward with a disability
Tips for Leadership These message templates are designed to be used in conjunction with Topic 3 message templates. The issue of building trust can be very challenging for managers and supervisors....
- Talking to Managers about Disability: Communications Tools
Most organizations have done the work to develop policies and practices that support disability inclusion in the workplace. Managers and supervisors play a key role in implementing these policies,...
- Coronavirus Resource Guide
Here are important novel coronavirus (COVID-19) resources for people living in our region. You can also view these resources in Spanish. You’ll find up-to-date information from the Centers...
- Topic 1. Why this matters How disability inclusiveness helps our business
Home Topic 1. Why this matters Topic 2. Setting the tone Topic 3. Building trust Topic 4. Defining disability Topic 5. Working together Topic 6. Getting talent Topic 7. Disclosing a disabil...
- Topic 6. Getting talent Recruiting and hiring people with disabilities
Tips for Leadership Disability issues during hiring can be complex. This topic addresses the role of managers and supervisors in hiring in the simplest way possible. Because managers and s...
Downloadables (Fact Sheets, etc)
- Places of Lodging
- Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals Are Not the Same
An infographic titled "Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals Are Not the Same" featuring a picture of two dogs. Service Animals are covered by the ADA to bring into public establishments. Emo...
Ask About The ADA
- Can they ask me to bring my companion to interpret?
Q: I made a first-time appointment with an oncologist. When I let them know I was Deaf, they asked if my wife or other family member could provide sign language interpretation, as interpreters are ver...
- I own a small business that needs some physical modifications for people who are wheelchair users or have other mobility impairments. Does the federal government have any tax incentives to help me with the costs of making these modifications?
Yes. The Disabled Access Credit, IRS form 8826, provides a credit for small businesses that incur expenditures for providing access to persons with disabilities. An eligible small business is one that...
- My business has requests from time to time to provide for interpreters and other services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Are there any tax benefits I can claim to assist me with these costs?
Good news! Assuming that your business counts as a “small business” under Section 44 of the Internal Revenue Code, you can get a tax credit of up to $15,000 for a variety of accessibility-...
- Do I have to pay for an interpreter for every patient who is Deaf?
Q: I am opening a new dental practice. Do I have to pay for an interpreter for every patient who is Deaf? A: Covered entities must provide aids and services when needed to communicate effectively wit...
- How has the US Department of Justice helped to ensure equal and effective access for people with disabilities to health care?
Q: How has the US Department of Justice helped to ensure equal and effective access for people with disabilities to health care? A: The US Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, in coll...