The Great Lakes Center maintains resources that are available in our region as well as throughout the United States regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Accessible Information Technology (AIT). Such resources include written material, consultants, architects, educators, model programs, and other services specializing in accommodating the needs of people with disabilities. The information, materials, and/or technical assistance referred to on this page are intended solely as informal guidance, and are neither a determination of your legal rights and responsibilities under the ADA, nor binding on any agency with enforcement responsibility. For questions or materials about the ADA, disability etiquette, or Accessible Information Technology, call 800-949-4232 (V/TTY) to reach your National ADANetwork.
The Great Lakes ADA Center works with the National Center on Accessible Information Technology (AccessIT) at the University of Washington to develop publications that explain how making information technology accessible to everyone benefits schools, colleges and universities.
Accessible Technology Bulletin
The Accessible Technology Bulletin is a free, quarterly resouce for businesses, disability and governmental organizations, schools, and individuals on training and resources on accessible and assistive technology in the Great Lakes region.
K-12 Bulletin on Accessible IT
The Great Lakes K-12 Bulletin on Accessible IT contains articles on educational technology news, events, and activities in the Great Lakes area. This publication is no longer being produced. Archived issues of the K-12 Bulletin are still available on our website.
ADA Title II and Title III Regulations Fact Sheet Series
The U.S. Department of Justice recently revised the ADA Title II requirements for State and Local Governments and Title III requirements for Places of Public Accommodation. Although a great number of the regulations took effect March 15, 2011, additional requirements went into effect March 15, 2012. The National Network of ADA Centers has created a series of fact sheets to ensure businesses, government entities and individuals understand these changes. PDF versions of each fact sheet are listed below by topic area. For your convenience, the first fact sheet in the series provides a brief overview of the changes for each of the other topic areas.
- Overview of Revised Regulations : This fact sheet presents a brief overview of the changes for each of the eight topic areas including: Effective Communication, Examinations and Courses, Places of Lodging, Service Animals, Ticketing, Wheelchairs and Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices, Detention and Correctional Facilities, and the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
- Effective Communication: Have you ever had a question about auxiliary aides, sign language interpreters or telecommunications? This fact sheet presents information on the obligations of Title II public entities (state and local government entities) and Title III private businesses (places of public accommodation) to provide appropriate auxiliary aids and services where necessary to ensure effective communication with individuals with disabilities.
- Exams and Courses : Read this fact sheet to learn about new regulations regarding examinations and courses. These regulations affect exams and courses related to applications, licensing, certification or credentialing for secondary or postsecondary education or professional or trade purposes.
- Lodging : This fact sheet presents information on the obligations that must be followed by an entity who owns, leases, leases to, or operates a place of lodging. Use this fact sheet to learn more about the new regulations for reservation systems and the requirements from the 2010 Standards.
- Service Animals : Use this fact sheet to review the newly revised ADA definition of a service animal and learn about new regulations which protect the rights of individuals who use service animals.
- Ticketing : This fact sheet presents new regulations for Title II and Title III entities that sell tickets for a single event or a series of events. Use this fact sheet to learn how to properly coordinate the purchase, hold and release of tickets for accessible seating, as well as prevent ticket fraud.
- WheelChairs : This fact sheet presents a definition for a wheelchair and other power-driven mobility devices and explains requirements for identifying where they can be used as a reasonable modification.
- Correctional Facilities : Use this fact sheet to learn about the obligation public entities have to ensure qualified inmates or detainees with disabilities are included in the services, programs, or activities available, as well as the minimum requirements new construction of jails, prisons, and other detention and correctional facilities must follow to comply with the 2010 Standards.
- Overview of 2010 Standards of Design : This fact sheet presents information on the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design. On March 15, 2012, compliance with the 2010 Standards will be required for new construction and alterations.
- Accessible Parking : This fact sheet presents information on the 2010 Standards to review new provisions for accessible parking that apply to state and local governments, as well as public accommodations and commercial facilities.
Employment Legal Briefs
Here are some briefs that address case decisions with respect to the ADA.
- Can They Ask Me That? Advising People with Disabilities About the Disabilities Inquiry and Medical Examination Provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Employee Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Reassignment as a Reasonable Accommodation Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Disability Harassment, Retailiation and Discipline: Three Emerging ADA Issues
- Reasonable Accommodations For People With Psychiatric Disabilities Under The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
- The ADA Amendments Act
- ADA Coverage Beyond Actual Disabilities: Regarded As, Record Of, and Association Disability
- Direct Threat Under the ADA
- The Interplay of the ADA and FMLA
- Court Interpretations of Major Life Activities Under the ADA: What Will Change After the ADA Amendments Act?
- Hot Topics in ADA Title III Litigation
- Impact of the Supreme Courtís ADA Decisions
- Invisible Disabilities and the ADA
- ADA Amendments Act Update Legal Brief
- Service Animals Under the ADA
- Postsecondary And Licensing Under the ADA
- Drugs, Alcohol, and Conduct Rules Under the ADA
ADA Document Portal
This resource provides information on the ADA and other legislation affecting people with disabilities. The ADA Document Portal is an online resource and web destination dedicated to delivering information on the following topics: General ADA, Employment, State and Local Government, Private Business, Facility Access, Transportation, Communication, and Enforcement.
Architectural Compilation Series
If your work centers on making the built environment accessible,
the Great Lakes ADA Center has compiled
existing materials for ease of reference and dissemination.
The volumes include:
You may order these publications online or give us a call at 800-949-4232.
Audio Conference Transcripts
Another resource to learn more about the ADA is our monthly Audio Conference. The Audio Conference is designed to offer advance information on the ADA as a foundation to an individual's existing foundation of basic ADA knowledge. Participating in the Audio Conference supports the professional development for an individual, an entire department or an entire agency for less cost than sending one staff to a comparable training event. In addition to the live telephone conference, previous session transcripts and digital audio recordings of the sessions are archived on the web as an ADA resource.
Great Lakes Chronicle
The Great Lakes Chronicle provides the latest revisions of the law, training on the ADA, and interesting resources that are available to you. You may subscribe to the Chronicle and receive email notifications whenever the latest Chronicle edition is available.
This handbook is a broad overview of rights and obligations under federal disability laws. Individual state laws may impose more stringent obligations. This handbook is intended to inform rather than to advise, and the information provided is of a general nature. You should consult an attorney for advice about your particular situation.