The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is federal legislation establishing a broad array of rights and protections against discrimination for people with disabilities. This includes individuals partnered with a guide, hearing, or service dog. Under the ADA, assistance dog handlers have nationwide legal guarantees of equal access and treatment.
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is the federal agency tasked with enforcing the ADA. As part of this work, it provides information and other resources to help ensure ADA compliance on the part of businesses, state and local governments, and other entities and individuals who have rights and responsibilities regarding people with disabilities. It also offers information to people with disabilities about their rights and responsibilities under the ADA.
This falls under what is called the ADA Technical Assistance Program.
These resources protect people with disabilities by promoting greater understanding of their rights among private and public organizations. They also protect those organizations by helping them understand their responsibilities, thus avoiding fines and other penalties, and also by informing them about where their responsibilities end.
The primary sources of technical assistance about ADA compliance offered by the DOJ include:
- The ADA website, found at www.ada.gov
- The ADA Information Line, which may be reached at 800-514-0301 (voice) or 800-514-0383 (TTY)
- ADA technical assistance materials, which consist mainly of printed materials and videos that cover ADA regulations
For more information about the DOJ’s Technical Assistance Program, Information Line hours, and how to request technical assistance materials, visit the DOJ website via the link below.