ADA Title III: Public Accommodations



ADA Title III: Public Accommodations

Title 3 covers Public Accommodations. This includes private businesses and nonprofit organizations that do not fall under the scope of government services. For example, Title 3's provisions cover restaurants, stores, hotels, movie theaters, private schools, doctors’ offices, convention centers, homeless shelters, train stations, airports, zoos, funeral homes, day care centers, stadiums and arenas, gyms, uber, megabus, and other private transportation companies. All of these types of private businesses cannot discriminate against people with disabilities. They cannot exclude, marginalize, or treat any person with a disability differently than they would a person without a disability. These places, including doctors’ offices, must be physically accessible to the public. Meaning, if they have stairs they must have a ramp and their doors must be wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. If there is a physical barrier that bars access to the service, the business is required to renovate their space to make it accessible. All new construction must adhere to the ADA's Architectural Guidelines. In addition to making spaces physically accessible, places of business must also make their means of communication accessible. They should have information in braille for individuals who are blind and should also hire an ASL interpreter for those who are Deaf. These accommodations are provided to ensure effective communication. Title 3 also covers job training programs, like vocational rehabilitation, and private courses to obtain special certifications or licenses. You have a right to participate in your community and take advantage of all it has to offer. If you feel you've been discriminated against you can contact the Disability Rights Section of the US Department of Justice, which is located in Washington, D.C. You also have the right to file a lawsuit through the court system.