Legal Obligations Under the ADA

Title III of the ADA includes requirements for Health Care Providers.  The summaries and links below discuss these obligations.

ADA Accessibility Guidelines

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

The ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) include stringent criteria for health care Providers as well as additional requirements based on building use (special application 6 – Medical Care Facilities).  The Standards for Accessible Design apply to the architecture and construction of new buildings/facilities as well as alterations to existing structures.

Checklist for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal

Adaptive Environments Center, Inc. and Barrier Free Environments, Inc.

Identify accessibility problems and solutions for eliminating physical/architectural and communication barriers.  Use this informal checklist as a guide to meet your obligations under the ADA.  (for existing facilities only, not new construction or alterations)

ADA Update: Barrier Removal vs. New Construction

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

DOJ answers common questions about barrier removal and how it differs from requirements for new construction and alterations. 

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)

Federal regulations for accessibility at Health care facilities include standards for the architecture of buildings, alterations, and new construction (ADA, Title III). 

ADA Title III Highlights

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division
Published 1990

This functional outline of the ADA’s Title III (section covering health care providers) helps you become familiar with key requirements that impact you and your patients.  DOJ’s overview provides details in bullet format for quick reference. 

Title III Technical Assistance Manual

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
1993 and 1994

This manual (with supplement) outlines ADA requirements for businesses to ensure access to goods, services, and facilities.  The reader-friendly format offers: 

  • Lay terms and practical examples (limited legalese) 
  • Focused, systematic description of requirements 
  • Questions/answers and illustrations    Accessible Design Standards