The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

The landmark 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by employers, public accommodations, state and local governments, public and private transportation, and in telecommunications. DREDF advocates for clients with ADA discrimination claims and represents them in court. We also provide training and education about the ADA, and work to strengthen the law through policy monitoring, development and advocacy.

ADA Articles, Papers and Analyses

A History of the ADA: A Movement Perspective” by DREDF’s Directing Attorney, Arlene Mayerson

The ADA and Models of Equality” by Arlene Mayerson, DREDF Directing Attorney and Silvia Yee, DREDF staff attorney.

Achieving Accessibility: How the Americans with Disabilities Act Is Changing the Face and Mind of a Nation” by Silvia Yee, DREDF staff attorney and Marilyn Golden, DREDF Policy Analyst.

ADA Paratransit Eligibility: How To Make Your Case” by Kevin Irvine, Senior Advocate, Equip for Equality, and Marilyn Golden, DREDF Policy Analyst

Defining Disability in the Aftermath of Sutton: Too Disabled or Not Disabled Enough? The Supreme Court Creates a Catch–22” by Arlene Mayerson, DREDF Directing Attorney

A Comparison of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504

ADA Bursts Barriers But Not Stereotypes” by Arlene Mayerson, DREDF Directing Attorney

Access Equals Opportunity: ADA Guides for Businesses

Achieving Access to Small Businesses: a Different Perspective
DREDF’s response to The Sacramento Bee series highlighting ADA lawsuits filed by a small group of individuals in California

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