Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is an important civil rights law that protects people with disabilities from discrimination in employment, public accommodation, government programs and other aspects of their daily lives. The law has been used in reform efforts to bring attention to the need for community integration of people with disabilities, many of whom rely heavily on Medicaid and other state programs to meet their service and support needs.

The Center for Health Law and Economics at UMass Medical School provides in-depth knowledge of and expertise regarding the ADA and its implications for state planning efforts for serving people with disabilities. Health lawyers at the Center can help states ensure that their reform plans meet the community integration objectives of landmark ADA cases, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision.