Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in state and local government (public) services. 

Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in federally assisted programs. 

The ADA/504 program ensures recipients of federal aid and state and local government entities that are responsible for roadways and pedestrian facilities do not discriminate on the basis of disability in any highway transportation program, activity, service or benefit they provide to the public; and ensures that recipients' and public entities' public rights-of-way system (sidewalks) are accessible to people with disabilities. 

Key ADA/504 requirements, which recipients and public entities implement, include: administrative requirements (designation of an ADA/504 Coordinator); providing program accessibility (self-evaluation and Transition Plan); constructing accessible new and altered facilities (curb ramps, buildings); monitoring activities of FHWA sub-recipients (local governments) and provide effective communications to people with disabilities (sign language interpreters). 

Section 504 requirements under USDOT regulations are 49 CFR 27 and Title II ADA requirements are contained in Department of Justice regulations under 28 CFR 35.

 

Resources

Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act

U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

Federal Highway Administration, Civil Rights Division. ADA/Section 504

 

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