Americans with Disabilites Act

Emma Lazarus: Voice of Liberty, Voice of Conscience
Site Support Notebook

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (PL 101-336), which went into effect in July 1992, guarantees that people with disabilities shall have equal access to employment, public services and accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications services.

As public service providers, exhibit sites must make reasonable efforts to give disabled people the same access to information, programs, and resources enjoyed by those who are not disabled.

Each host site on the tour will have varying capabilities for providing equal access to disabled people. We urge you to do as much as you reasonably can to make programs accessible to the disabled population.

Local or regional agencies which are responsible for services for the disabled may be helpful.
We offer the following suggestions to enhance the accessibility of your exhibit and programs:

  • Allow space for wheelchairs in exhibit and program spaces.
  • Prepare a large-print version of publicity materials and program hand-outs.
  • Offer signed tours of the exhibition at specified times.
  • Provide for signing at programs related to the exhibition.
  • Provide audio versions of texts used in programming.
  • Make members of the host site staff available at certain times to walk through the exhibit with people in wheelchairs, those with visual impairments, etc.

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