Persons with visual impairments are protected from discrimination of access to private and public services, employment, transportation and communication under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Braille staff members can help you comply with ADA by providing braille versions of your publications. Braille staff members can answer any questions you have about Braille and can help you find resources. Contact us to ask about Braille signage too.
Below is a sample list of some of the print materials to which blind and visually persons need access.
- Recreational reading
- Business cards
- Owner's manuals
- Reference cards
- Monthly statements
- Annual reports
- Training manuals
- Advertising brochures
- Transportation schedules
- Restaurant menus
- Conference materials
- Greeting cards
- Hospital and clinic forms
- Documentation for employees
- Meeting minutes
- Brochures for theme parks
- And much more
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Summary
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 is a Civil Rights law enacted to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability or have a relationship or association with an individual with a disability. An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires public schools to make available to all eligible children with disabilities a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment appropriate to their individual needs.
IDEA requires public school systems to develop appropriate Individualized Education Programs (IEP's) for each child.
Rehabilitation Act Section 504 & Section 508
Section 504 states that "no qualified individual with a disability in the United States shall be excluded from, denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under" any program or activity that either receives Federal financial assistance or is conducted by any Executive agency or the United States Postal Service.
Section 508 establishes requirements for electronic and information technology developed, maintained, procured, or used by the Federal government. Section 508 requires Federal electronic and information technology to be accessible to people with disabilities, including employees and members of the public.