What's the American With Disabilities Act (ADA)?
"The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990.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. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life.
In 2008, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) was signed into law and became effective on January 1, 2009.The ADAAA made a number of significant changes to the definition of “disability.” The changes in the definition of disability in the ADAAA apply to all titles of the ADA, including Title I (employment practices of private employers with 15 or more employees, state and local governments, employment agencies, labor unions, agents of the employer and joint management labor committees); Title II (programs and activities of state and local government entities); and Title III (private entities that are considered places of public accommodation)."
How Do I File a Complaint If I think My Civil Rights Have Been Violated?
Contact the Department of Justice here to report a civil rights violation.
Here are more details and further explanation of how to file a complaint
Once I File a Complaint, What Should I Do Next?
- It is important to understand that filing a complaint isn't the same as finding a lawyer to help you sue a doctor. Filing a complaint via this form is to let the government ADA department know there is a problem so they can hopefully investigate it. It is important all CPP's who have had their civil rights violated file a complaint on this form. We need the government to know how often this is happening.
- Once you file a complaint, please email me (Bev) at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you filed. Once I hear from you, I will pass on this information to the ADA so they will know to look for your complaint.