Americans with Disabilities Act

  • The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation and telecommunications. It also applies to the United States Congress.
  • To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability or have a relationship or association with an individual with a disability. An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.
  • For more information about the Americans with Disabilities Act, please visit the Southeast ADA Center website.
  • Alabama’s Toll Free Hotline for ADA Information

    In 1998, the Legislature passed Act No. 98-255, which created a service in the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services to provide information on rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The service was initially funded Oct. 1, 1998, and was activated through the use of a toll-free telephone line. Calls received on either line after regular office hours are recorded by a voicemail system.

    This free service can be accessed by calling the following number: 800-205-9986

    Callers can receive non-binding information on rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) from an assistant attorney general with over 20 years of experience working with the ADA. Free ADA training is also available.