ADA Compliance in the Workplace
Here are some great informational resources on how to be compliant with The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. There are an estimated 800,000 visually impaired persons currently using the web. It’s projected there are 6.5 million Americans age 55 or older that experience severe vision loss; by 2030 this number is expected to double. With numbers that high you can easily understand why ADA compliance in the workplace is so important. Use the links below to explore more details about these important laws and regulations.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) applies to people of all ages with learning disabilities offering protection against discrimination and gives them a right to different forms of assistance in the classroom and workplace.
- Title II of The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to all activities of state and local governments, regardless of entity’s size or receipt of federal funding. It requires that all state and local governments give people with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from all programs, services and activities, such as public education, employment, transportation, recreation, health care, social services, town meetings, etc. They are required to be able to communicate effectively with people who have hearing, vision or speech disabilities.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act of 2008 was signed into law on September 25, 2008 and became effective January 1, 2009. Because this law made several significant changes, including changes to the definition of the term “disability,” the EEOC will be evaluating the impact of these changes on this document and other publications. See the list of specific changes to the ADA made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008.
- Tax Incentives for ADA Compliance
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 794)
Bars discrimination on the basis of disability in federal programs, including removing communication barriers by providing “auxiliary aids” that allow persons with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate.
“No otherwise qualified handicapped individual… shall, solely by the reason of his handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
Open the official Section 508 government website requires that when Federal departments and agencies develop, procure, maintain, or use Electronic and Information Technology (EIT), they shall ensure that the EIT allows Federal employees with disabilities to have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access to and use of information and data by other Federal employees.
Section 508 also requires that individuals with disabilities, who are members of the public seeking information or services from a Federal department or agency, have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to the public without disabilities.
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