Advancing Equal Access to Opportunity
Signed into law in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is civil rights legislation that works to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life, including employment. At the U.S. Department of Labor, we are committed to delivering on the promise of the ADA, not only for today’s workers with disabilities, but also future generations.
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The Americans with Disabilities Act works to open doors of opportunity for America’s more than 50 million people with disabilities including in the workplace.
I do social media contracting, which is a fancy way of saying that people have me run their Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, Tumblr, and so on. It's really great to be able to do this work because I deal with chronic pain and fatigue on top of my anxiety and being autistic, so there are days when getting out of bed is very, very hard.
My name is Rose Pleskow. I work at Perfect Sense Digital in Reston, Virginia. I love my job and have a wonderful manager and co-workers. I have many responsibilities, including publishing content, writing a weekly blog post and doing quality assurance testing on a variety of websites.
Yvette is an employee at Good Reasons, a dog treat company committed to providing integrated employment opportunities for people with autism and other disabilities. She helps out with all aspects of production, but most often can be found opening and filling the treat bags and applying expiration labels.
The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) works to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities by encouraging adoption of effective policies and practices. Although it provides publications and technical assistance on the basic requirements of the ADA, it does not enforce any part of the law.
Two agencies within the Department of Labor have enforcement authority related to the ADA. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) enforces Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of disability, by Federal contractors, and requires affirmative action on behalf of qualified individuals with disabilities. OFCCP also investigates disability-related discrimination complaints, including complaints dual-filed under Section 503 and the ADA. The Civil Rights Center is responsible for enforcing Title II of the ADA as it applies to the labor and workforce-related practices of state and local governments and other public entities. See the Laws & Regulations subtopic for specific information on these provisions.
In addition to the Department of Labor, four federal agencies enforce the ADA:
- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) enforces regulations covering employment.
- The Department of Transportation enforces regulations governing transit.
- The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enforces regulations covering telecommunication services.
- The Department of Justice enforces regulations governing public accommodations and state and local government services.