The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
Individuals with disabilities are guaranteed equal opportunity through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which mandates accessibility of programs and facilities in every city and town, big and small. Enacted in 1990, the ADA requires local governments to evaluate for accessibility all of their public buildings and parks, as well as programs, services and activities.
This evaluation is conducted through a Self-Study. If the Self-Study reveals structural barriers, the Act requires preparation of a Transition Plan indicating how and when access will be attained. Each community is responsible for ensuring that its Plan is consistent with federal and state regulations.
Equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities – in public accommodations , transportation, state and local government services, employment, and telecommunications – is a guaranteed civil right.