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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Reference Number: MTAS-193
Tennessee Code Annotated
Reviewed Date: February 21, 2017
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The Americans with Disabilities Act is a significant wide-reaching civil rights law that was passed to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities. ADA applies to public and private businesses, state and local government agencies, and organizations offering public services, transportation and utilities. ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990, with the goal of extending protections to individuals with physical or mental disabilities. Here is a snapshot of how the ADA law is divided:

  • Employment (Title I)
  • Public transportation and state and local government services (Title II)
  • Public accommodations (Title III)
  • Telecommunications (Title IV)
  • Miscellaneous (Title V)