Civil Rights

Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Protection Under the Law

Photograph of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is a civil rights law created to assure equal opportunity for people with disabilities in all aspects of American life. The ADA and other federal laws also forbid discrimination on the basis of disability and provide for equal access to education, housing, transportation and health care.

This section of provides links to information on the ADA and other federal civil rights laws pertaining to people with disabilities, their families, employers and community members.

Please choose from the categories listed along the left-hand side of this page for more information on this topic.

  • The White House: President George W. Bush
  • The U.S. government's official web portal.