A Self-Advocate’s Guide to the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a law that protects the rights of people with disabilities. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network created, “A Self-Advocate’s Guide to the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

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:

Easy Read Edition – uses pictures along with larger text, and has more white space.

The Easy Read Edition is split into 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. Click on the title of any of the parts below to download it:

Plain Language Version – is the words without accompanying pictures.

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