Erie Custom Signs is a trusted provider of ADA compliant signage. Need a refresher of what the ADA governs and why it is so relevant to business owners? Here’s a quick overview of the ADA:
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990. The federal civil rights law prohibits any discrimination against individuals who have disabilities. This protection extends to all areas of public life, including schools, jobs, transportation and any public or private places open and available to the general public. The purpose of the law is to ensure anyone who has a disability has the same rights and opportunities as anyone who does not.
The ADA is divided into five sections, called Titles, which are as follows:
- Title I (Employment): People who have disabilities are entitled to access to the same employment opportunities and benefits that are available to people who do not have disabilities. Employers must provide reasonable accommodations to any qualified applicants or employees, regardless of disability.
- Title II (State and Local Government): This Title prohibits any discrimination against qualified individuals who have disabilities in all programs and activities of public entities, including local governments, their agencies and departments, and any other special purpose districts of state of local governments.
- Title III (Public Accommodations): Private places of public accommodation are prohibited from discriminating against individuals who have disabilities. Examples include any owned, leased or operated facilities like hotels, retail merchants, restaurants, golf courses, private schools, health care facilities, day care centers, stadiums, movie theaters and more. The Title sets a minimum standard for accessibility at these facilities, as well as the alteration of existing facilities and the construction of new facilities.
- Title IV (Telecommunications): This title requires all telephone and internet companies to provide a national system of interstate telecommunications relay services that enable people who have speech or hearing disabilities to communicate over the telephone. This includes the closed captioning of federally funded public service announcements. This aspect of the ADA is regulated by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC).
- Title V (Miscellaneous Provisions): This title contains a wide variety of additional provisions relating to the entire ADA, including how it relates to other laws, state immunity, its impact on insurance providers and benefits, illegal use of drugs, attorney’s fees and more. It also lists out certain conditions that are classified as disabilities.
For more information about the ADA and how you can uphold ADA standards through ADA signage, contact us today at Erie Custom Signs.