Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

ADA Information Line (last accessed 9.14.10), provides information and free publications on the requirements of the ADA including the ADA Standards for Accessible Design. 800-514-0301 (voice) 800-514-0383 (TTY)
ADA Requirements: Service Animals (html)   pdf   This publication provides guidance on the term “service animal” and the service animal provisions in the Department of Justice regulations. (2011)
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Questions and Answers for Health Care Providers

A seven-page resource document that presents information on how the ADA applies to health care providers and steps they must take to ensure that people with disabilities receive appropriate and effective care.

Federal Legal Responsibility for Insuring Managed Care Accessibility

A web-based chart that illustrates the responsibility of states, health plans, and health care providers for implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Defining Programmatic Access to Healthcare for People with Disabilities

A four-page, web-based document that defines the concept of programmatic accessibility  (e.g., providing ASL interpreters, print materials in alternative formats, modifying the length of office visits) and outlines how medical practice procedures can be organized to provide programmatic access to healthcare for people with disabilities.

Federal Disabled Access Tax Credits  Tax Incentives for Small Businesses, Including Health Care Providers.

A web based resource that explains how small businesses, including healthcare providers can take advantage of two Federal tax incentives available and help cover costs of making access improvements and providing accommodations such as Sign Language Interpreters for customers/patients with disabilities.

The “Disabled Access Tax Credit” (Title 26, Internal Revenue Code, Section 44), is a tax credit for access expenditures that are incurred in order to comply with the ADA. This enables an eligible small business to elect a nonrefundable tax credit equal to half of the expenditures for eligible accommodations that are above $250. The maximum credit a business can elect for any tax year is $5,000 for eligible expenditures of $10,250 or more.

(See Access-Communication, Access-Medical Equipment and Access-Physical sections for more information related to the ADA and architectural and communication accessibility, and information about accessible medical equipment.)