Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against
people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation,
communications, and governmental activities. The ADA also establishes
requirements for telecommunications relay services.
The Department of Labor's Office of Disability
Employment Policy (ODEP) provides publications and other technical
assistance on the basic requirements of the ADA. It does not enforce any part
of the law.
In addition to the Department of Labor, four federal agencies
enforce the ADA:
Another federal agency, the
and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (ATBCB), also known as the
Access Board, issues guidelines to ensure that buildings, facilities, and
transit vehicles are accessible and usable by people with disabilities.
Two agencies within the Department of Labor enforce portions of
the ADA. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance
Programs (OFCCP) has coordinating authority under the employment-related
provisions of the ADA. The Civil Rights
Center is responsible for enforcing Title II of the ADA as it applies to
the labor- and workforce-related practices of state and local governments and
other public entities. See the Laws & Regulations
subtopic for specific information on these provisions.
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