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Access - DRM County Services Project and Survey Tool: In 2011, Disability Rights Montana continued to monitor the progress Montana counties have made to improve accessibility in their programs and services through our ongoing County Services Project. You can download the most recent survey tool DRM used to complete the surveys.
 
ADA Document Collection: National Network of ADA Centers.
 
ADA Regulations and Technical Assistance Materials: The U.S. Department of Justice provides free ADA materials.
 
ADA Update: A Primer for Small Business:

The Department of Justice has revised its regulations implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This rule took effect on March 15, 2011, clarifying issues that have arisen over the past 20 years, and contains new requirements, including the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design (2010 Standards). This document provides guidance to assist small business owners in understanding how this new regulation applies to them. This is PDF is an illustrated guide to help small businesses understand the requirements of the 2010 ADA regulations (2011).

 
American Association of People with Disabilities: AAPD is the largest national nonprofit cross-disability member orgnaization in the United States.
 
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as Amended in 2008: Text of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), including changes made by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-325), which became effective on January 1, 2009. The ADA was originally enacted in public law format and later rearranged and published in the United States Code.
 
Disability Access Symbols: The symbols used to promote and publicize accessibility of places, programs and other activities for people with various disabilities.
 
DRM Fact Sheet - Discrimination by State or its Political Subdivisions: The federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, and the Montana Human Rights Act prohibit discrimination against people on the basis of their physical or mental disabilities by the state or its political subdivisions. The state Governmental Code of Fair Practices also prohibits discrimination and further requires the state and its political subdivisions to take affirmative steps to examine all of its procedures and processes including all agreements, arrangements and contracts to ensure that they do not have the effect of discriminating on the basis of disability or other suspect classification. [July 2010]
 
DRM Fact Sheet - Employment Discrimination: The federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and the Montana Human Rights Act prohibit discrimination in employment against a qualified person with a disability. [July 2010]
 
DRM Fact Sheet - Public Accommodations: The federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008, and the Montana Human Rights Act prohibit discrimination against people on the basis of their physical or mental disabilities by places of public accommodation. A public accommodation is a private entity or business that provides its services to the public. Public accommodations include hotels, restaurants, health care providers, legal offices, theaters, retail stores, and museums. [July 2009]
 
Employer-Provided Leave and the ADA:

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a new resource document that addresses the rights of employees with disabilities who seek leave as a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The document is entitled Employer-Provided Leave and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Disability charges filed with the EEOC reached a new high in fiscal year 2015, increasing over 6 percent from the previous year. The ADA requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations that allow people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their jobs, unless it would pose an undue hardship for the employer.

One troubling trend the EEOC has identified in ADA charges is the prevalence of employer policies that deny or unlawfully restrict the use of leave as a reasonable accommodation. These policies often serve as systemic barriers to the employment of workers with disabilities. They may cause many workers to be terminated who otherwise could have returned to work after obtaining needed leave without undue hardship to the employer. [Rocky Mountain ADA Center, May 10, 2016].

 
Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment: A 2-page pamphlet for people with disabilities providing a general explanation of the employment provisions of the ADA and how to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. [U.S. Department of Justice]
 
Guide to Disability Rights Laws: A 21-page booklet that provides a brief overview of ten Federal laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities and provides information about the federal agencies to contact for more information. [U.S. Department of Justice]
 
Revised ADA Regulations Implementing Title II and Title III: The revised regulations amend the Department's Title II regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 35, and the Title III regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 36. Appendix A to each regulation includes a section-by-section analysis of the rule and responses to public comments on the proposed rule. Appendix B to the Title III regulation discusses major changes in the ADA Standards for Accessible Design and responds to public comments received on the proposed rules. These final rules went into effect March 15, 2011. Compliance with the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design is permitted as of September 15, 2010, but not required until March 15, 2012. The Department has prepared fact sheets identifying the major changes in the rules.
 
Rocky Mountain ADA Center: The DBTAC Rocky Mountain ADA Center provides information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
 
Title II Technical Assistance Manual (1993) Covering State and Local Government Programs and Services: This technical assistance manual addresses the requirements of Title II of the Americans with Disability Act, which applies to the operations of State and local governments.
 
Title III Technical Assistance Manual (1993) and 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.
 
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC):

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

Most employers with at least 15 employees are covered by EEOC laws (20 employees in age discrimination cases). Most labor unions and employment agencies are also covered.

The laws apply to all types of work situations, including hiring, firing, promotions, harassment, training, wages, and benefits.