Americans with Disabilities Act

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal act to provide assistance to those with disabilities. See

ADA Information Line

Phone 1-800-514-0301. Businesses can talk with ADA specialists to obtain answers to specific ADA questions during business hours or can order ADA publications in print and alternate formats 24 hours a day.

ADA Guide for Small Businesses

Online ADA course for businesses: ‘Reaching Out to Customers with Disabilities’

Text of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The ADA prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation.

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American With Disabilities Act (ADA)

It is important legally and as responsible citizens to understand the provisions of the ADA and how they apply to persons with a mental illness. The ADA is a law that was passed by Congress in June 1990. Under this legislation, employers must provide “reasonable accommodation” to an individual’s disability in the workplace.

Some examples of reasonable accommodations, ways in which a person’s job could be made less stressful and help that person deal with his/her illness on the job, are the following:

  • Having more time to learn new job tasks.
  • Knowing that your job would be protected in the event of a re-hospitalization.
  • Being able to work in a quieter room during periods of high stress when you are experiencing symptoms.
  • Having a job coach on site to help you during periods of difficulty.
  • Flexible scheduling of work hours.
  • Rearranging job tasks or sharing job duties with co-workers.