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About the Americans with Disabilities Act

On July 26,1990, President George Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA gives civil rights protection to qualified individuals with disabilities and is divided into the following five titles:

  • Title I - protects qualified individuals against employment discrimination.
  • Title II, Part A - protects qualified individuals against discrimination in State and local government services
  • Title II, Part B - protects individuals against discrimination in public transportation.
  • Title III protects against discrimination in public accommodations. Title IV requires telecommunications accessibility for persons who have impaired hearing and speech.
  • Title IV requires telecommunications accessibility for persons who have impaired hearing and speech.
  • Title V addresses miscellaneous provisions.

 

Title II, Part A is most important for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). Part A prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all phases of State and local government activities, programs, and services.