ADA and the City of St. Louis
Explanation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the rights it affords to citizens of St. Louis.
The Office on the Disabled advocates for disability access by working to assist city departments, businesses, and public services with establishing compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted on July 26, 1990, provides comprehensive rights and protections to individuals with disabilities in the areas of employment, public accommodations, State and local government agencies, and telecommunications. The goal of the ADA is to assure the quality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency.
The ADA prohibits all state and local governments and most private businesses from discriminating on the basis of disability. The ADA covers qualified individuals with physical or mental impairments that substantially limit a major life activity, persons with a record of such impairment, and persons regarded or perceived as having such an impairment.
The Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and portions of Missouri law protect people with disabilities from discrimination.
These state and federal laws ensure that persons with disabilities have communication access; facility access; employment accommodations; program access; and the policies, procedures, and practices that avoid discrimination.
The ADA Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan
The City of St. Louis is developing an ADA Transition Plan to address barriers to accessibility in the public right-of-way and City-owned property, including buildings, properties, and parks.