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'Five people, some with visible disabilities, hanging out on a rooftop deck while talking and laughing.'

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people with disabilities from discrimination.

Disability rights are civil rights. From voting to parking, the ADA is a law that protects people with disabilities in many areas of public life.

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From answers to common questions to official legal documents, ADA.gov has everything you need to understand your rights and responsibilities under the ADA.

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Service Animals and the ADA

Understand how the ADA defines a service animal and what your rights are under the law.

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  • Introduction to the ADA

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    How the ADA is structured, and how it protects the rights of people with disabilities

  • Service Animals

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    The definition of a service animal, where they can go, and how they assist people with disabilities

  • Parking

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    Find out how the ADA requires businesses, non-profits, and state/local governments to provide accessible parking spaces.

  • Effective Communication

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    People with certain disabilities might communicate in different ways.

How to Report a Disability Rights Violation

If you believe that you or someone else experienced unlawful discrimination, you can report a disability rights violation.

1

Report using our online form.

By completing the online form, you can provide the details we need to understand what happened. You will receive a confirmation number and your report is immediately sent to our staff for review.

2

We review your report.

Teams that specialize in handling your type of issue will review it. If it needs to be forwarded to another team or agency, we will try to connect your complaint to the right group.

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We determine next steps and get back to you.

Possible outcomes include: following up for more information, starting a mediation or investigation, directing you to another organization for further help, or informing you that we cannot help.

Think you or someone you know has experienced a disability rights violation?

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