Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act are three federal laws dealing with the disabled that have a major impact on school operations. This entry summarizes the key provisions of the ADA.

What the Law Says

The ADA was enacted in 1990 and signed into law by President George H. W. Bush (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.). The ADA's provisions are designed to ensure that neither physical nor programmatic barriers exclude persons with disabilities from full participation in society. Public and private schools are bound by ADA's requirements both as employers and as providers of public services, although ADA's scope is not limited to educational enterprises. Enacted under the Commerce Clause of Article 1 of ...

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