Self-Advocate's Guide to American's with Disabilities Act


This resource, developed by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), is a plain language toolkit that explains the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA).

This toolkit will explain:

  • What is the ADA?
  • Why was the ADA made?
  • Why is the ADA important?
  • What are my rights from the ADA?
  • Why are those rights important?
  • How can I make sure I get my ADA rights?
  • When does the ADA not work?
  • What is the ADA Amendments Act?
  • Why is the ADA Amendments Act important?
  • What is Olmstead?
  • Why is Olmstead important?
  • What are people doing to try and make the ADA worse?
  • How can I help protect the ADA?

The ADA toolkit is available in two versions:

Our Easy Read Edition. The Easy Read version is split into seven parts. Each part has its own Words to Know section, and there is also a separate Words to Know part with all of the terms from every section. The Easy Read version uses pictures along with larger text, and has more white space.

A Plain Language Version for either those with vision-related disabilities or those who would prefer a version without accompanying graphics.

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