Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a U.S. federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The ADA is a key piece of civil rights legislation that widened the scope of inclusion and access in all parts of public life for people with disabilities. The ADA was signed into law by George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990, and was amended through the passage of the ADA Amendments Act in 2008. The ADA and its amendments have significantly shaped the way that people with disabilities access and are served in higher education.

This entry begins with an overview of the ADA and its five sections, called titles. The entry then situates the ADA in the historical landscape of disability civil rights ...

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