The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990. This legislation made it a violation of federal law to discriminate against people with disabilities, just as similar civil rights laws protect people against discrimination on the basis of race, gender, national origin, and religion. The ADA provides equal opportunities for people with disabilities in the areas of employment, transportation, state and local government, public accommodations and telecommunications. It protects anyone in the United States with mobility, visual, or hearing impairments as well as people with cognitive disabilities. The act is divided into four main categories, called “Titles”
Title One: Employment
Title Two: State & Local Governments/Transportation/Public Service
Title Three: Public Accommodations
Title Four: Telecommunications
- Federal Transit Administration (FTA) American with Disabilities Act Guidance. On October 5, 2015 the FTA announced the release of its American with Disabilities Act: Guidance (C 4710.1). The circular provides guidance to recipients and subrecipients of FTA financial assistance necessary to carry out provisions of the ADA.
- Allegheny County: Residential Visitability Tax Abatement Program and Brochure
- City of Pittsburgh, Department of City Planning ‘The One Step Project’. The information describes ways that businesses as well as the consumers can benefit from making accommodations to create accessible entrances for persons with disabilities.
- U.S. Department of Justice’s ADA Information Services
- Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
- Workforce.com Article: Illustrating the Importance of Training Your Employees on the ADA
- Accessibility of Public Transportation: Survey of Riders with Disabilities
- AHEDD's Annual Report- 2014-2015
- Learn more about the steps that can be taken to easily create an accessibility-friendly public space.
- Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council
- Disability Integration Act
- Robotic Prosthetics for Disabled Athletes
- Can You Tell the Difference Between Accommodation and Accessibility?
- Statewide Campaign Draws Attention to Stigma Against People With Disabilities
- Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities
ADA 30th Anniversary Events:
Thirty years after the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 2020 marks an important milestone in the ongoing efforts to remove barriers and empower people with of all abilities. In honor of this important occasion, we are proud to be hosting several events in July 2020 to help continue our fight for the full extension of rights to the disabilities community across civic, social, and economic life. Check out all the events we have scheduled in July.
This year's events include a Virtual Town Hall & Discussion on July 24 to review the state of ADA in our region along with leadership, policymakers, and stakeholders; a week-long opportunity to view the ReelAbilities Film Festival (seven short films created entirely by people living with intellectual disabilities) in partnership with Film Pittsburgh; and a Virtual Happy Hour to give community members and advocates an opportunity to make connections, share experiences, and discuss the films.
Details and event registration information can be found at the links above.
Thank you to this year's event sponsors and partners including FISA Foundation, Film Pittsburgh, and Facture.
Oakland For All's annual programming includes a history of community events like our annual Ramp Crawl in Oakland designed to raise awareness of the ongoing need for accessibility and equity in our communities while building stronger ties with the community through the age-old tradition of a pub crawl. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will be will not be assembling in Schenley Park this year, but are continuing the event's tradition virtually by bringing us together on July 24th and 25th for the Virtual Town Hall and Virtual Happy Hour.
Recap last year's Ramp Crawl event here.