Office of Diversity, Equity, and AccessUniversity of Illinois
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Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment (Title I), State and local government (Title II), public transportation (Title II), public accommodations and commercial facilities (Title III), and telecommunications (Title IV).

Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act/Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act requires the University to provide qualified individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from the full range of employment-related opportunities available to others.

Title II covers all activities of State and local governments. Title II requires that the University give people with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from all of its programs, services, and activities.

The University is required to follow specific architectural standards in the new construction and alteration of buildings. The University must relocate programs or otherwise provide access in inaccessible older buildings, and communicate effectively with people who have hearing, vision, or speech disabilities. The University is required to make reasonable modifications to policies, practices, and procedures where necessary to avoid discrimination, unless it can demonstrate that doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program, or activity being provided. The University is not required to take actions that would result in undue financial and administrative burdens.