Information about the Americans with Disabilities Act

Equal Rights Publication ERD-12864-P

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Employers may not discriminate in hiring or promotion if a person with a disability is qualified for the job.

Employers can ask about a person’s ability to perform the job, but may not require tests or make any health or disability related inquires before making a job offer.

Employers must provide “reasonable accommodation” to persons with disabilities, including job restructuring and equipment modifications, unless doing so would impose an “undue hardship”.

Who must comply: After July 26, 1994, all employers with 15 or more workers. (Under Wisconsin law, all employers are covered.)


After August 26, 1990, all new public buses ordered must be accessible to persons with disabilities.

Transit agencies must provide comparable Para transit or other special transportation services to persons with disabilities who cannot use fixed route buses, unless an undue burden would result.

After July 26, 1995, exiting rail systems must have one accessible car per train.

After July 26, 1990, new rail cars ordered must be accessible.

New bus and train stations must be accessible.

After July 26, 1993, key stations in rapid, light and computer rail systems must be accessible with some multi-year extensions.

After July 26, 2010, all existing Amtrak stations must be accessible.

Public Accommodations

After January 26, 1992, private entities such as restaurants, hotels, and retail stores may not discriminate against persons with disabilities.

Auxiliary aids and services must be provided to individuals with vision or hearing impairments or other disabilities, unless burden would result.

Physical barriers in exiting facilities must be removed, if removal is readily achievable. If not, readily achievable alternative methods of providing services must be offered.

All new construction and alterations of facilities must be accessible.

State and Local Government

State and local governments may not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities.

All government facilities, services and communications must be accessible consistent with the requirements of section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


Companies offering telephone services to the general public must offer telephone relay services to persons who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TTY) or similar devices.

ADA/Disability Resources

Employment Discrimination

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
310 W. Wisconsin Ave, Suite 800
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Telephone Number: (414) 297-1111
TTY Number: (414) 297-1115

State of Wisconsin
Department of Workforce Development
Equal Rights Division
Civil Rights Bureau

PO BOX 8928

Telephone Number: (608) 266-6860
TTY Number: (608) 264-8752


819 N 6th ST
ROOM 723

Telephone Number: (414) 227-4384)
TTY Number: (414) 227-4081

Architectural & Transportation Barriers

Architectural & Trans Barriers Compliance Board
1111 18th Street, NW-Suite 501
Washington, DC 20036

(202) USA-ABLE, (Voice/TTY)
“Title II accessibility issues”

State of Wisconsin
Department of Commerce
Safety and Buildings Division
201 W. Washington Ave
Madison, WI 53707

(608) 266-1018, (608) 264-8777(TTY)
“Accessibility under state building codes”

Public Accommodations & Gov’t Services

U.S. Department of Justice
P.O. Box 66118
Washington, D.C. 20035-6118

(202) 514-0301, (202) 514-0383(TTY)
“Title II & III-accessibility in government and private entity run public accommodations”


U.S. Department of Transportation
400 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 30590
(202) 366-4723, (202) 755-7687(TTY)
“Title II & III on Gov’t and Private Transportation”

ADA Technical Assistance

Job Accommodations Network (JAN)
West Virginia University-809 Allen Hall
P.O. Box 6123
Morgantown, WV 26506-6123

(800) 526-7234 (Voice/TTY)
“Making Reasonable accommodations”

Great Lakes Disability & Business Tech Center
University of Illinois-Chicago UAP
1640 W. Roosevelt Road, M/C627
Chicago, IL 60608

(800) 949-4232 (Voice/TTY)

Easter Seal Society of Wisconsin, Inc.
101 Nob Hill Road, Suite 301
Madison, WI 53713

(608) 277-8288 (Voice/TTY)
(Cleo Eliason or Rodney Ross)

Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities
1 W. Wilson Street, Room 558
Madison, WI 53707-7852

(608) 266-5378 (Voice/TTY)

Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy
16 N. Carroll Street, Suite 400
Madison, WI 53703

(608) 267-0214 (Voice) (800) 708-3034 (TTY)
“Information on Mental Illnesses”


Federal Communications Commission
1919 M Street NW
Washington, DC 20554

(202) 632-7000, (202) 632-6999(TTY)
“Title IV relating to

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