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  • Businesses That Are Open to the Public

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    If you are a business or a person with a disability, there are many aspects of the ADA that you should be familiar with. The information below is intended to help get you started.

  • Community Integration

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    The ADA bans the unnecessary segregation of people with disabilities in a regulation called “the integration mandate.” State and local governments must offer services to people with disabilities in home and community settings.

  • Criminal Justice

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    The ADA requires state and local governments including their criminal justice agencies to comply with the ADA. If you are part of a criminal justice agency or a person with a disability, there are many aspects of the ADA that you should be familiar with.

  • Effective Communication

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    People with certain disabilities might communicate in different ways.

  • Emergency Planning

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    State and local governments must ensure their emergency planning and management programs are accessible for persons with disabilities.

  • Equal Access to Child Care

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    The ADA requires child care centers to comply with the ADA. A child with a disability must never be turned away based on assumptions about their disability.

  • Introduction to the ADA

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

  • Mobility Devices

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    Find out how the ADA supports those who use walkers, wheelchairs, and other power-driven devices to get around.

  • Opioid Use Disorder

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    Find out the ADA's protections for people with Opioid Use Disorder.

  • Parental Rights

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    Parents and prospective parents with disabilities are entitled to equal treatment and equal access to parenting opportunities.

  • Parking

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

  • Service Animals

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

  • State and Local Governments

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    If you are part of a state/local government program or a person with a disability, there are many aspects of the ADA that you should be familiar with.

  • Telehealth

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    The ADA prohibits healthcare providers from discriminating on the basis of disability. This is true when health care is provided in person or through “telehealth.”

  • Voting and Polling Places

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    The ADA requires state and local governments and their election officials to ensure that people with disabilities have a full and equal opportunity to vote in all elections.

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