Americans With Disabilities Act

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General Information

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The Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (A-D-A) was signed into law on July 26, 1990. The A-D-A gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations and telecommunications.

The A-D-A Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008

Passed "to carry out the A-D-A's objectives of providing a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination by reinstating a broad scope of protection to be available under the A-D-A."

Title I Regulations

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is responsible for enforcing federal discrimination laws including Title I of the ADA which requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment, except when such accommodation would cause an undue hardship.

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, As Amended
View the current text of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) as amended by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAA) (P.L. 110-325), which became effective on January 1, 2009.

Title II Regulations

The Department of Justice regulations that implement the A-D-A for state and local governments.

Title III Regulations

The Department of Justice regulations that implement the A-D-A for businesses and non-profit service providers.

A-D-A National Network

The A-D-A National Network page contains a wealth of resource information available.

Video description of what the ADA National Network is all about.

Federal A-D-A and Disability Resources

Federal A-D-A and Disability Resources are also available on the Federal A-D-A Resource page.

U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division A-D-A information is available on their website or by clicking on the icon below.
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State of Delaware ADA Title I and II Coordinator

For questions about: Title I Issues relating to state employees and Title II issues relating to accessibility and accommodations with State government programs, services, accommodations and activities contact:

Deborah Yancey, PHR/SHRM-CP
ADA Coordinator
Delaware Department of Human Resources
Haslet Armory
122 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. South
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 672-5162
Fax: (302) 622-4123

For additional information on the ADA Title II Grievance Procedure and Grievance Form, please see the Delaware Department of Human Resources, Statewide Americans With Disabilities Act webpage.

Employer Resources

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Employment (Title 1)

Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits private employers, State and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. The ADA covers employers with 15 or more employees, including State and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and to labor organizations.

U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

The U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission offers no-cost outreach programs to provide general information about the E-E-O-C, its mission, the employment discrimination laws enforced by E-E-O-C and the charge/complaint process. Learn more at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions, no cost outreach page.
The U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has a dedicated section covering "Disability Discrimination" that provides additional information on topics that include:

Additionally many EEOC offices have bilingual staff available to make presentations. EEOC information materials and other publications are available at no cost, including many in languages other than English. Visit the EEOC Publications page to download free publications.

Employers' Practical Guide to the A-D-A

The Employers' Practical Guide to the Americans with Disabilities Act is a summary of some of the most frequent issues that employers have regarding accommodations and A-D-A compliance. The information has been divided into 4 sections - "Americans with Disabilities Act Basics," "Applications and Interviews," "Employees," and "Employees on Leave and Former Employees." Learn more by reading the EMPLOYERS' Practical Guide to the A-D-A.

Policies and Procedure Information

Obtain additional information on what policies and procedures might be useful, how to recognize and handle accommodation requests, how to determine effective accommodations, and what types of accommodations might be reasonable by reading the EMPLOYERS' GUIDE: EMPLOYEES.

A-D-A Checklist for Existing Facilities

View the A-D-A Checklist for Existing Facilities to verify whether or not your facility complies with A-D-A requirements.

2010 A-D-A Standards for Accessible Design

View the 2010 A-D-A Standards for Accessible Design to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The United States Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy's "Frequently Asked Questions" page shares answers to questions they often receive.

Removal of Final ADA Wellness Rule Vacated by Court

This final rule removes from the Code of Federal Regulations a section of the final rule published on May 17, 2016, entitled “Regulations Under the Americans With Disabilities Act.” This action responds to a decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that vacated the incentive section of the ADA rule effective January 1, 2019. PDF Version

Tax Breaks

Businesses can learn about available tax breaks that are available for many businesses to accommodate people with disabilities from the IRS by following this link.  Tax Benefits for Businesses.


The Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) is a multi-faceted initiative to foster collaboration and action around accessible technology in the workplace. Guided by a consortium of policy and technology leaders, PEAT works to help employers, IT companies, and others to understand why it pays to build and buy accessible technology, and how to do so. PEAT is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and is managed by the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of Nort America (RESNA.

Job Accommodation Network (J-A-N)

The Job Accommodation Network (J-A-N) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

A to Z of Disabilities and Accommodations

The Job Accommodation Network (J-A-N) offers employers the "A to Z of Disabilities and Accommodations" by disability, topic, and limitation.

Ten Employment Myths

Many employers misunderstand the Americans with Disabilities Act and are reluctant to hire people with disabilities because of unfounded myths. This seventeen-minute video responds to concerns expressed by employers, explaining the ADA in common sense terms and dispelling myths about this often overlooked pool of well-qualified employees.



Architectural Accessibility Board

The Architectural Accessibility Board reviews plans to ensure that individuals with disabilities can use public facilities with the maximum of safety and independence by providing for the implementation of standards for the elimination of architectural barriers. Jennifer Lieber as the Chief Administrator is responsible for carrying out the daily activities of the Board. Logistically, the AAB is administered from within the Office of Management and Budget, Division of Facilities Management. Contact Ms. Lieber at: (302) 739-5644.

Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative (DATI)

The Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative connects Delawareans who have disabilities with the tools they need in order to learn, work, play, and participate in community life safely and independently. DATI operates Assistive Technology Resource Centers that offer training as well as no-cost equipment loans and demonstrations. Contact DATI by phone at: (302) 831-0354 or 1-800-870-DATI, by (Voice/TDD) 302-831-0354, or by visiting their website by clicking on the "Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative" link above.

Delaware Department of Labor, Division of Industrial Affairs, Office of Discrimination

The Office of Anti-Discrimination. enforces laws against employment discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age (40 or older), marital status or genetic information. You can view these laws by clicking on the link for 19 Del. C., Chapter 7. Contact the Office of Anti-Discrimination by phone: (302) 761-8200; or view their website by clicking on the “office of Anti-Discrimination" link above.

Division of Diversity and Inclusion

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion houses the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer while the Office of EEO and Diversity houses the State’s EEO Manager within the Department of Human Resources providing guidance to State agencies regarding Executive Order 8. The Office of EEO and Diversity’s mission is to actively strive for a more diverse work environment, express sensitivity toward the needs of others, and increase cultural diversity among state employees as outlined in Executive Order 8. Contact the Division by phone at (302) 577-8700 or visit their website by clicking on the "Division of Diversity and Inclusion" link above.

Division for the Visually Impaired (DVI)

The Division for the Visually Impaired utilizes education, outreach, training and technology, to works to strengthen the capacity of their agency, consumers and the community so that those who are blind and visually impaired may become and/or remain, employed, independent and self-sufficient. Contact DVI by voice: (302) 255-9800, or or Central Intake Coordinator: (302) 255-9848, or visit their website by clicking on the "Division for the Visually Impaired" link above.

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)

The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation helps individuals with disabilities prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment. They provide people who want to work with access to the best resources for training, support and career placement services. DVR is a partner in helping job seekers develop skill sets to find employment. Contact DVR by phone at: (302) 761-8275 or visit their website by clicking on the "Division of Vocational Rehabilitation" above.


Mid-Atlantic A-D-A Center

The Mid-Atlantic A-D-A Center website provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of businesses, government entities, organizations, and individuals in the Mid-Atlantic Region (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV). They offer A-D-A information for Employers, Individuals with Disabilities, Telecommunications, Retail /Services, Facility / Building Access, Service Animals, Workshops, Webinars, and Trainings, ADA Resource Networks, Publications, and ADA News.

Contact them toll free at: 800-949-4232 V/TTY (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV) or locally in Rockville, MD at: 301-217-0124 V/TTY or visit their website by clicking on the "Mid-Atlantic A-D-A Center" link above.


A-D-A National Network

The A-D-A National Network developed "A-D-A Fact Sheets" on numerous topics that are available as webpages and PDF files with many also available in Spanish.

Many federal agencies issue regulations, provide technical assistance and enforce different sections of the A-D-A. For example the Department of Justice is responsible for Title II, which applies to state and local governments, and Title III, which applies to businesses and non-profit organizations. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission handles all things related to the A-D-A and employment. Below is a list of the relevant federal agencies.

Disability in America

People with disabilities constitute the nation's largest minority group, and the only group any of us can become a member of at any time. Let's learn more about Americans suffering physical, emotional and mental disabilities.
        50 million
        Americans with disabilities
        38 million
        38 million
        Population of California
        3 million
        Americans with doctorates
        About 1 in 4 of today's 20-year-olds will become disabled before they retire.
        Of the 69.6 million American families, more than 20 million have at least one family member with a disability.
        Your chance of becoming disabled before you retire
        A Closer Look: The Disabled Population
        Children 5 to 17 who have disabilities 5%
        Adults 18 to 64 who have disabilities 10%
        Adults 65 and older who have disabilities 38%
        Females with disabilities 12.4%
        Males with disabilities 11.7%
        People 6 and older who need help with everyday activities 11 million
        People 15 and older who use a wheelchair 3.3 million
        People who use a walking aid, such as a cane, crutches or walker 10 million
        People 15 and older who report being unable to see printed words 1.8 million
        People 15 and older who report being unable to hear conversations 1 million
        People 15 and older who have difficulty having their speech understood 2.5 million
        Most Common Disabilities
        While some disabilities are common for children, others appear later in life.
        Most common disability by age group (rate per 1,000 in age range):
        Disability > 5 years 5–11 12–17
        Speech problem 10.7 18.5 4.6
        Asthma or breathing problem 8.2 8.4 8.3
        Mental retardation or other development problem 7.0 10.2 9.6
        Other mental, emotional or behavioral problem 2.7 12.0 14.2
        Attention deficit or hyperactivity disorder 2.1 17.6 21.8
        Learning disability 2.9 23.3 33.9
        Disability 18–44 45–54 55–64 
        Mental illness 12.9 23.1 24.1
        Fractures or joint injury 7.0 15.5 20.6
        Lung 5.0 12.6 25.6
        Diabetes 2.5 13.4 33.4
        Heart or other circulatory 5.9 28.4 74.3
        Arthritis or other musculoskeletal 22.2 61.9 100.7
        Disability 65–74 75–84 85+
        Senility (dementia) 6.8 30.5 96.1
        Lung 34.7 41.4 44.4
        Diabetes 41.1 49.4 38.4
        Vision 18.2 44.3 96.6
        Hearing 10.0 27.8 84.9
        Heart or other circulatory 101.9 162.6 223.5
        Arthritis or other musculoskeletal 125.8 171.0 267.6
        Disability — Not Inability
        Disabilities haven't stopped these trailblazers from making an impact on life here and around the world.
        Franklin Roosevelt
        Paralyzed from the waist down after having polio as a child
        Stephen Hawking
        Suffers from motor neuron disease related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
        Harriet Tubman
        Suffered vision impairment and seizures after a severe wound to the head inflicted by a slave owner before her escape
        Ludwig van Beethoven
        Deaf for the final 25 years of his life
        Helen Keller
        First deaf and blind person to graduate from college
        Albert Einstein
        Severely dyslexic and most likely had autism
        People with disabilities constitute the nation's largest minority group, and the only group any of us can become a member of at any time. Learn more about "Disability in America" suffering physical, emotional and mental disabilities.

Federal Communications Commission

445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554
Phone: 1-888-225-5322
TTY: 1-888-835-5322
ASL Videophone: 1-844-432-2275
Fax: 1-866-418-0232
File a Complaint

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA supports citizens and first responders in preparing for, protecting against, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating all hazards.
FEMA Homepage.
Disability and Emergency Management – This external page provides information on the work that FEMA is doing to facilitate accessible emergency management.

U.S. Access Board

The Access Board issues the document that is the basis of the A-D-A Standards for Accessible Design. It provides technical assistance on the Standards by telephone and develops guidelines to the Standards which include helpful illustrations and animations.
Technical Assistance by Phone:
Phone: 800-872-2253
TTY: 800-993-2822
Access Board Homepage
Guide to the A-D-A Standards

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD enforces A-D-A Title II housing complaints. HUD develops and enforces two "companion" housing laws. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Fair Housing Act.
HUD Homepage
Disability rights in housing
File a complaint with HUD

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Rights Division

The DOJ issues, enforces and provides technical assistance on the A-D-A regulations governing public accommodations and state and local government services. Technical assistance is provided by telephone and by web-based material on Title II and III issues such as service animals, polling places, accessible websites and emergency preparedness.
DOJ Homepage
Phone: 800-514-0301
TTY: 800-514-0383
DOJ Technical Assistance Materials
File a complaint with DOJ.

U.S. Department of Labor

Two agencies within the Department of Labor enforce portions of the A-D-A. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has coordinating authority under the employment-related provisions of the A-D-A. The OFCCP also regulates Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, which prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against individuals with disabilities, and requires these employers to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain workers with disabilities. The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides publications and other technical assistance on the basic requirements of the A-D-A. It does not enforce any part of the law.

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)

The D-O-T issues and enforces the A-D-A transportation regulations.  Most of the A-D-A provisions fall under the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The FTA Office of Civil Rights is responsible for civil rights compliance and monitoring to ensure nondiscriminatory provision of public transit services.
Civil Rights/ADA
Federal Transportation Administration
Guidance on the A-D-A and Transportation
File a complaint with F-T-A

Other divisions of DOT that have A-D-A obligations include:

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

The EEOC issues, enforces and provides technical assistance on the A-D-A Title I employment regulations. Technical assistance is provided by web-based material on many A-D-A subjects such as reasonable accommodation, pre-employment inquiries, performance standards and employee medical exams.
EEOC Homepage
EEOC Technical Assistance Materials (scroll to the bottom for factsheets)
Filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC

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On July 26, 1994, the Americans with Disabilities Act ("A-D-A") became effective for employers with as few as fifteen (15) employees during any 20-calendar week period of any current or preceding year. That number includes part time, temporary and full time workers. If your employment base fits into this category, the A-D-A applies to you.

The A-D-A was written to prohibit employers from discriminating, in any way, against any person who has a physical or mental impairment, which is considered to be a qualified disability. Documentation is the only proof you have when you are asked to explain how you handled a disability complaint or request.

State and Local Governments
Title II: Materials Specifically For State and Local Governments

Public Services: State and Local Government
  • Prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by "public entities," which are programs, services and activities operated by state and local governments.
  • Requires public entities (programs, services and activities operated by state and local governments) to be accessible to individuals with disabilities.
  • Outlines requirements for self-evaluation and planning; making reasonable modifications to policies, practices, and procedures where necessary to avoid discrimination; identifying architectural barriers; and communicating effectively with people with hearing, vision and speech disabilities.
  • Regulated and enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice. (
Part 35 Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services (as amended by the final rule published on August 11, 2016)
A-D-A Primer for State and Local Governments

Learn more about A-D-A requirements for state and local governments by reading the A-D-A Update: A Primer for State and Local Governments.

State and Local Governments ADA Information

Additional information on the A-D-A for state and local governments is available from the Mid-Atlantic A-D-A Center's State and Local Government's page.

Title II Technical Assistance Manual | Supplement

A 56-page manual that explains in lay terms what State and local governments must do to ensure that their services, programs, and activities are provided to the public in a nondiscriminatory manner. (1993)

Examples and Resources to Support Criminal Justice Entities in Compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act

This document provides guidance to facilitate criminal justice entities' compliance with the ADA in their interactions with individuals with mental health disabilities or intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The guidance sets forth the key regulatory provisions under the ADA and provides examples of how local law enforcement, corrections, and justice systems entities have facilitated compliance with these obligations. It also provides recommendations for training criminal justice personnel, conducting reviews of policies and procedures, and collaborating with mental health and disability service providers and provides examples from the Department's criminal justice enforcement actions, with links to additional governmental resources. (2017)

Best Practices for 9-1-1 and Emergency Communication

Learn more about A-D-A best practices specifically for 9-1-1 and emergency communications services by reading the PCA toolkit found in Chapter 4 by reading the A-D-A Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments External Link  found in Chapter 4,  9-1-1 and Emergency Communications Services.

The ADA and City Governments: Common Problems

A 9-page document that contains a sampling of common problems shared by city governments of all sizes, provides examples of common deficiencies and explains how these problems affect persons with disabilities. (2000)

ADA Guide for Small Towns

A 21-page guide that presents an informal overview of some basic ADA requirements and provides cost-effective tips on how small towns can comply with the ADA. (2000)

An ADA Guide for Local Governments: Making Community Emergency Preparedness and Response Programs Accessible to People with Disabilities

A 11-page illustrated publication that provides guidance on preparing for and carrying out emergency response programs in a manner that results in the services being accessible to people with disabilities. (2006)

ADA Checklist for Emergency Shelters
Access for 9-1-1 and Telephone Emergency Services

A 10-page publication explaining the requirements for direct, equal access to 9-1-1 for persons who use teletypewriters (TTYs). (1998)

Correctional Facilities

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued revised Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II regulations which took effect March 15, 2011. These regulations affect the obligations of Title II public entities (state and local government entities) that are responsible for the operation or management of adult and juvenile justice jails, detention and correctional facilities, and community correctional facilities, either directly or through contractual, licensing, or other arrangements with public or private entities, in whole or part, including private correctional facilities. (§35.151(k) and §35.152)

Small Business
Title III: Materials Specifically for Businesses and Non-Profits

What is Title III?

Title III focuses on private businesses (also known as public accommodations). All new construction and modifications must be accessible to individuals with disabilities. For existing facilities, barriers to services must be removed if it is readily achievable. Public accommodations include facilities such hotels, restaurants, bars, theaters, grocery stores, hardware stores, dry-cleaners, banks, professional offices of health care providers, lawyers, and accountants, hospitals, private bus or train stations, museums, libraries, zoos, amusement parks, places of education, day care centers, senior citizen centers, homeless shelters, gymnasiums, health spas, bowling alleys, and golf courses to name a few. Learn more about Title III of the ADA by reviewing the Department of Justice ADA Title III Regulations

Title III Technical Assistance Manual | Supplement

An 83-page manual that explains in lay terms what businesses and non-profit agencies must do to ensure access to their goods, services, and facilities. Many examples are provided for practical guidance. (1993)

Reaching Out to Customers with Disabilities

This online course explains how the ADA applies to businesses in ten short lessons. Putting these lessons into practice will allow you to comply with the ADA and welcome a whole new group of customers to purchase your goods, products, and services. (2005)

Small Business A-D-A Requirements

Learn more about Small Businesses A-D-A requirements by reading the United States Department of Justice's "A-D-A UPDATE - A Primer for Small Business".

ADA Guide for Small Businesses

This 15-page illustrated guide presents an overview of some basic ADA requirements for small businesses that provide goods and services to the public. It provides guidance on how to make their services accessible and how tax credits and deductions may be used to offset specific costs. (2007)

ADA Business Connection: Expanding Your Market

Short publications that present information on the ADA and customers with disabilities.

ADA Business Connection: Expanding Your Market

Short publications that present information on the ADA and customers with disabilities

ADA Business Briefs

Short publications explaining specific ADA issues that are designed to be easily printed and distributed to employees.

Small Business Administration - Creating a Culture of Inclusivity
Small Business Administration – What you need to know to hire qualified disabled candidates
SBA Office of the National Ombudsman
Opening Doors to Everyone

People with disabilities are the largest and fastest-growing minority in the U.S. They control $1 trillion in total annual income. They have friends, family members, and business colleagues who accompany them to events and outings. And they use businesses and facilities that are accessible to them.

How can businesses provide access to people with disabilities?  They can begin by opening their doors, literally. Accessible doors welcome everyone – and they're required by law.

Private Business Interpretation

The Department of Justice has issued several opinion letters on the ADA in response to direct inquiries since 1992. These letters are to be considered informal guidance only.

Customer Service for Business

Learn more about how ensuring full access to your business and services is a great way to expand your customer base.

Additional Information

ADA Title II and Title III Regulations Fact Sheet Series

These regulations amend the DOJ's Title II requirements for State and Local Governments and Title III requirements for Places of Public Accommodation.

Americans with Disabilities Act Guide for Places of Lodging: Serving Guests Who Are Blind or Who Have Low Vision

A 12-page publication explaining what hotels, motels, and other places of transient lodging can do to accommodate guests who are blind or have low vision. (2001)

A Planning Guide for Making Temporary Events Accessible to People With Disabilities

Street festivals, craft fairs, music events, sporting events and home shows are but a few of the many temporary events that take place every day in communities both large and small throughout the nation. Temporary events celebrate and support a "sense of community" and must encourage participation by all people. This guide provides information to assist planners, managers, operators and building owners in making temporary events accessible to people with disabilities.

ADA In Focus Newsletter

Stay informed. Sign up to receive News, E-Bulletin and ADA In Focus Newsletter from the ADA Mid-Atlantic Region 3.

Non-visible Disabilities Guide

Learn more about non-visible disabilities by reading the Job Accommodation Network's guide.

Training and Conference Information

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On Demand Training.

On demand training, archived webinars, trainings, workshops and conference information is available on the Americans with Disabilities Act by selecting the appropriate hyperlink below.

A-D-A Network Training.

The A-D-A National Network's training page  offers web courses, workshops, audio conferences, webinars, podcasts, and multimedia programs.

Disability Support Resources and Information

Career One Stop provides resources and information to support persons with disabilities successful employment.

Easterseals ADA Training Opportunities

Easterseals Project Action Consulting provides instruction in a variety of formats to meet any community's needs and budgets:

Their training is affordable, flexible, professional training and they provide consultation on customizable in-person and/or online training and/or technical assistance. View their website to view Easterseals ADA Training Opportunities

People First

People First Language recognizes that individuals with disabilities are first and foremost, people. It emphasizes each person's value, individuality, dignity, and capabilities.  The following examples provide guidance on what terms to use and which ones are inappropriate when speaking to, talking or writing about people with disabilities.

People First Language Offensive Labels

People or Persons with disabilities.

Differently abled, challenged, handicapped or disabled.

He/she has a congenital disability.

Birth defect.

Person who is deaf or hard of hearing.

Deaf-mute, deaf and dumb, etc.

A person who uses a wheelchair.

Wheelchair bound or confined to a chair.

A person with a brain injury.

Brain damaged.

A person who has an intellectual disability.

Retarded or mentally retarded.

People with autism or on the autism spectrum.


People with chemical or environmental sensitivities.


A person with Down syndrome.

Down's kid or a mongoloid kid.

A person with learning disabilities.

He/she is learning disabled or a slow learner.

He's/she's of short stature or he's/she's short.

He's/she's a dwarf.

He/she has a physical disability.

He's/she's crippled.

A person with spinal cord injury.


Amputee or person who lost a limb.

Gimp, lame, stubby.

He's/she's blind or has low vision.

Visually handicapped, blind as a bat.

Burn survivor.

Burn victim.

Service animal or dog.

Seeing eye dog.

A person with an emotional disability.

Emotionally disturbed.

Typical kids or kids without disabilities.

Normal and/or healthy kids.

He/she receives special education.

He's/she's in special ed.

Accessible parking, bathrooms, etc.

Handicapped parking, bathrooms, etc.

He/she has a need for. . .

He/she has a problem with. . .

How should I describe you or your disability?

What happened to you?


For PDF accessibility features:
  • Download the latest version of Adobe Reader for best results
  • To use Acrobat Reader's accessibility features, download a copy of the PDF document to your local computer
  • From the File menu, select Save as and specify where on your computer you would like to save the copy
  • Select the PDF document by clicking on it (Adobe Reader should launch), or start Adobe Reader and browse to the PDF document to open it
Read out loud function:
  • When a document is open in Adobe Reader, from the View menu, select Read Out Loud, then one of the following:
    • Activate (Shift + CTRL + V)
    • Read this page only (Shift + CTRL + V)
    • Read to end of document (Shift + CTRL + B)
    • Pause (Shift + CTRL + C)
    • Stop (Shift + CTRL + E)
Converting PDFs to text:
  • From the File menu, select Save as Text, then indicate the file type and extension you prefer (the default is .text)
  • Select where on your computer (i.e. desktop) you would like the file saved
Surfing the web / browser settings
Google Maps Shows Business Accessibility
  • A new feature in Google Maps will tell you just how accessible a business or place really is if you use a wheelchair to get around or roll with someone who does.
A Planning Guide for Making Temporary Events Accessible to People With Disabilities


Any person having special needs or requiring special aid, such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired, is requested to contact the State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD).

Interpreters or other special accommodations
Documents in an alternative format

To request SCPD documents in an alternative format:

Find a ride
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID), a national membership organization, plays a leading role in advocating for excellence in the delivery of interpretation and transliteration services between people who use sign language and people who use spoken language. In collaboration with the Deaf community, RID supports our members and encourages the growth of the profession through the establishment of a national standard for qualified sign language interpreters and transliterators, ongoing professional development and adherence to a code of professional conduct. Contact them by phone at: (703) 838-0030 (Voice/TTY) or visit their website to search for interpreters and translators in Delaware at: