The Importance of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act is a resource for ensuring that workplaces and public spaces are accessible for people with disabilities.

#BetterTogether is brought to you by the Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act? The Department of Labor defines it as “a landmark federal law that protects the rights of people with disabilities by eliminating barriers to their participation in many aspects of living and working in America.”

The ADA protects employees from being discriminated against due to a disability. Here’s what it covers:

  • Title I– protects both employees and job seekers from being discriminated against due to a disability.
  • Next, Title II – ensures people with disabilities can participate in programs and services provided by public entities.
  • Title III– requires that private businesses make accommodations to provide accessibility for their customer, patrons, and the general public. This includes ramps and elevators, as well as hearing, vision, and speech aids.
  • Title IVrequires internet and telephone companies to provide resources for people with disabilities.
  • Finally, Title V  includes miscellaneous provisions, as well as a list of conditions that are not considered disabilities.

The Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities (TuscBDD) has resources for children and adults with developmental disabilities. TuscBDD provides Early Intervention for children birth to three years old, Service and Support Administration for people of all ages, family support services, family mentorship, and more! To learn more about these services and others, visit TuscBDD online at or call (330) 308-7173.

Audrey Mattevi

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