ADA Title III – Public Accommodations

Posted by Reeve Foundation Staff in Daily Dose on July 22, 2016 # Advocacy and Policy

On July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. At that signing, President Bush called the nation to “let the shameful walls of exclusion come tumbling down.” This month we’ll be sharing a posting about the titles of the ADA, what they mean, and how we must continue to fight to protect the ADA. See our previous post about Title II – State and Local Governments

Title III – Public Accommodations

The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by private entities operating places of public accommodation. That means privately operated businesses or other entities that are generally open to the public such as restaurants, movie theaters, schools and colleges, day care centers, and recreation facilities.

Other examples of businesses governed by Title III include banks, supermarkets, hotels, shopping centers, sports arenas, accountant or insurance offices, lawyers' and doctors' offices, museums and health clubs.

Entities controlled by religious organizations, including places of worship, are not covered.

Private clubs are not covered, except to the extent that the facilities of the private club are made available to customers or patrons of a place of public accommodation.

Public accommodations must:

  • Provide goods and services in an integrated setting, unless separate or different measures are necessary to ensure equal opportunity.
  • Eliminate eligibility standards or rules that deny entry to people with disabilities
  • Make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, and procedures
  • Provide auxiliary aids when necessary to ensure effective communication
  • Remove architectural and structural communication barriers in existing facilities where readily achievable
  • Provide equivalent transportation services and purchase accessible vehicles in certain circumstances.
  • Maintain accessible features of facilities and equipment.

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