Disability Rights and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require that state and local governments provide qualified individuals with disabilities equal access to their programs, services, or activities. These are landmark laws that ensure opportunity for people with disabilities; the laws have changed our society by improving access to the physical environment, to educational and other governmental programs and services, to employment, to transportation, and to communication.
The rights of the disabled extend beyond the physical world. Because of the Rehabilitation Amendments Act (Section 508) and the Telecommunications Act, there are now accessibility requirements for electronic and information technologies, websites, and some telecommunications products.
To discuss access issues, or to schedule an appointment with our attorneys, please email us or call us at at 914 273 3187.