Information on The Americans with Disabilities Act

Key Words: Deaf Ed. Info., Documents, (ADA)

The following information was written by Irene Tunanidas and published in the Summer issue of the Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center D.A.C. NEWSLETTER:

The Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law by President George Bush on July 26, 1990, is a major victory for all Deaf Americans since the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which is focused on agencies that receive government funds.

The ADA Law will enable Deaf Americans to gain accessibility in private and public agencies. The ADA Law is not related to government agencies because it is connected to the 1973 Rehabilitation ACT. The ADA Law is broken down into four areas:

TITLE 1: EMPLOYMENT
-- Effective Date -- July 26, 1992.
Employers may hire disabled applicants in private and public places.

TITLE II: PUBLIC SERVICES
-- Effective Date -- January 26, 1992.
This section enables deaf persons to seek supportive services -- interpreters in private, public and government agencies.

TITLE III: PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS
-- Effective Date -- January 26, 1992.
Restaurants, hotels, theaters ...may provide supportive services to deaf, such as TDD and interpreters.

TITLE IV; TELECOMMUNICATIONS
-- Effective Date -- July 26, 1993.
A nationwide TDD relay system will soon take effect. Public agencies such as doctors' offices, hotels, motels ... may install TDDs for deaf consumers' use. TV stations may provide captions for public service announcements that are produced or funded by the federal government.

Deaf persons who are interested in gaining information on the ADA law are encouraged to contact Sandy Frye, Case Manager, in care of the Youngstown Hearing and Speech Center, 6505 Market Street, Youngstown, OH 44512.