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Disability Rights: The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Human Rights Law

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July 2020 marked the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the landmark federal legislation that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all aspects of public life. Since the passage of the ADA, governments around the world have sanctioned similar laws that ensure people with disabilities have rights and accessibility to resources that support personal growth, independence, and expanded opportunities.

The New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) enforces the New York State Human Rights Law. DHR protects New Yorkers against discrimination based on disability in employment, housing accommodations, nonreligious educational institutions, places of public accommodation, commercial spaces, and credit transactions. DHR takes legal action in response to complaints about discrimination, initiates investigations of individual and systemic cases of discrimination, and conducts outreach to communities throughout the State of New York.

The definition of “disability” under the NYSHRL has been broadly construed. The definition requires, in part, a physical, mental, or medical impairment which prevents the exercise of a normal bodily function. There are no qualifiers as to the severity of the disability.

On July 30, 2020, the Division hosted a virtual panel discussion that reflected on the thirty years of progress and challenges since the passage of the ADA. The program highlighted the legal protections for people with disabilities under the ADA as well as comparable sections of the New York State Human Rights Law, and how these laws apply to the COVID-19 pandemic. Video from the event will available on this page shortly.


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Reasonable Accommodation and Disability Rights under the NYS Human Rights Law (Handbook)

 



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Reasonable Accommodation and Disability Rights under the NYS Human Rights Law (PDF of Above Booklet)

Opens in a new windowNew York State Division of Human Rights Commemorates 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act​

Download PdfEmployment Disability and Reasonable Accommodation (Brochure)

Download PdfHousing Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Brochure)

Download PdfRights of People with Disabilities in of Places of Public Accommodations (Brochure)

Download PdfObligations of Business Owners & Operators of Places of Public Accommodations (Brochure)

Download PdfDiscrimination Based Upon Military Status and Against Veterans with Disabilities (Brochure)


Video from Presentation - 7/30/2020