The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in everyday activities.
To meet the goals of the ADA, the law established requirements for businesses of all sizes. These requirements went into effect on January 26, 1992. Businesses that serve the public must modify policies and practices that discriminate against people with disabilities; comply with accessible design standards when constructing or altering facilities; remove barriers in existing facilities where readily achievable; and provide auxiliary aids and services when needed to ensure effective communication with people who have hearing, vision, or speech impairments. All businesses, even those that do not serve the public, must comply with accessible design standards when constructing or altering facilities.
The ADA provides a helpful primer for businesses that you can access by clicking here.
The Disability Empowerment Center offers ADA Inspections and Training for local Lancaster and Lebanon county businesses and organizations. We also offer our DEC Approved program. For more information about DEC Access, click here.