The Department of Justice (“DOJ” or the “Department”), through its Civil Rights Division, is the key agency responsible for enforcing Title II and for coordinating other federal agencies’ enforcement activities under Title II. The ADA Standards identify what features need to be accessible, set forth the number of those features that need to be made accessible, and then provide the specific measurements, dimensions and other technical information needed to make the feature accessible.
In addition, the Department has the ability to enforce the employment provisions of Title I of the ADA as they pertain to state and local government employees. Caution: You may hear the acronym ADAAG used to refer to the ADA Standards.
One simple sentence, but it has many words, phrases and ideas to understand. The Department’s regulations also list other impairments, including contagious and noncontagious diseases; orthopedic, vision, speech and hearing impairments; cerebral palsy; epilepsy; muscular dystrophy; multiple sclerosis; cancer; heart disease; diabetes; specific learning disabilities; HIV disease (with or without symptoms), tuberculosis, drug addiction, and alcoholism.
Two: Does the impairment limit any major life activities?
It does not protect people with minor, short-term conditions. Although a broken arm is an impairment, it is usually temporary and of short duration.Broader than any disability law that came before it, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act made it illegal for the federal government, federal contractors, and any entity receiving federal financial assistance to discriminate on the basis of disability.Section 504 obligates state and local governments to ensure that persons with disabilities have equal access to any programs, services, or activities receiving federal financial assistance.It uses as its model Section 504's definition of disability and then goes further.While Section 504 applies only to entities receiving federal financial assistance, the ADA covers all state and local governments, including those that receive no federal financial assistance.Revised ADA Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards) were issued on September 15, 2010 and went into effect on March 15, 2012. In the broadest sense, it requires that state and local governments be accessible to people with disabilities.