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The ADA is a civil rights law that protects people with different types of disabilities from discrimination in all aspects of social life. More specifically, Title II of the ADA requires that all programs offered through the District of Columbia must be accessible to and usable by people with disabilities.
The ADA protects individuals with various kinds of disabilities. To be protected, a person must have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. The person must also be qualified to participate in the job, program, or activity at issue.
The ADA and District of Columbia policy require that people with disabilities have equal access to all city services, activities, and benefits. In other words, people with disabilities must have an equal opportunity to participate in the programs and services offered through the city. Examples of programs that the city offers are recreation and parks, police and fire services, museums, employment services, education, subsidized housing, maintenance of curbs and streets and many others. The most important rights the ADA provides include:
Employment: The ADA prohibits employment discrimination against qualified people with disabilities. The ADA also requires reasonable accommodations be provided to employees with disabilities. Examples of reasonable accommodations include:
Note: It is also against the law to retaliate, threaten or interfere with anyone who is exercising his or her rights or anyone helping that person to do so.