Americans with Disability Act (ADA)

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

  • An anti-discrimination law for individuals with disabilities.
  • A national mandate to provide access to all aspects of American life to people with disabilities.

What Does the ADA Cover?

  • Employment
  • Access to facilities, programs, services, activities
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation
  • Other miscellaneous provisions

What Do ADA Employment Provisions Require?

Employment provisions of the ADA require good faith efforts by an employer and an employee who is a qualified individual with a disability to identify reasonable accommodations that permit the employee to perform the essential functions of the position.

Who Is Covered Under the ADA Employment Provisions?

  • Academic Staff
  • Classified Staff (permanent, project, limited term)
  • Faculty
  • Housefellows/Resident Assistants
  • Interns
  • Limited Appointees (e.g., deans, directors)
  • Postgraduate Trainees
  • Program/Project Assistants
  • Research Associates
  • Student Hourly Employees
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Undergraduate Assistants
  • Undergraduate Interns