July 26 was the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). That day places the ADA at the forefront of our thoughts and actions, at least for a short time.

However, it is our obligation to the disability community and to our society to endeavor to complete the yet unfinished work that the ADA has begun. To reach that end, we must better understand the ADA. Here are a number of resources that can help you understand the Americans with Disabilities Act:

Timeline Of The ADA

This timeline follows ADA history and events from the 1982 National Council on the Handicapped (now National Council on Disability, or NCD) report Toward Independence to the 2014 U.S. Access Board development and updating of guidelines for electronic and information technology, telecommunications products and services, public rights-of-way, passenger vessels, and medical diagnostic equipment. Go To The Timeline

ADA Overview

The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. This overview offers insights into the five titles (sections) of the ADA. Read The Overview

ADA Basic Building Blocks Course

This is an introductory webcourse on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) that is designed to help increase your knowledge and understanding of the basic principles and core concepts in the ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). There is no cost for the non-credit course. Get Details

ADA Questions and Answers

The information in this booklet has been adapted from “The Americans with Disabilities Act Questions and Answers” document produced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, October 2008 version. This publication was produced as a collaborative project by the ADA National Network, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. View The ADA Q&A