Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

The ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990, and contained broad protections for disabled Americans in a number of areas. Title III (the focus of this website) covers places of public accommodation (private businesses that serve the general public). The majority of ADA lawsuits by individual disabled persons are brought against private businesses under Title III of the ADA. The Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (or ADAAG) is the implementing regulation that sets out most (but not all) of the regulations that businesses must follow. There are two versions of the ADAAG in effect, the 1991 version (which can be read here) and the 2010 version (which can be read here). The text of the ADA itself can be read using the following links: 

42 U.S.C. § 12101 - Findings and purpose

42 U.S.C. § 12102 - Definition of disability

42 U.S.C. § 12103 - Auxiliary aids and services

42 U.S.C. § 12181 - Covered private businesses 

42 U.S.C. § 12182 - Prohibited discrimination 

42 U.S.C. § 12183 - New construction

42 U.S.C. § 12184 - Discrimination in transportation

42 U.S.C. § 12187 - Exemptions for clubs and religious organizations

42 U.S.C. § 12188 - Enforcement