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What is the ADA?

The Americans with Disabilities Act is Civil Rights Legislation that prohibits discrimination based on disability. Many people will remember the ADA as the Federal law that required changes in public access changes such as:

·         Disabled parking spaces and accessible bathrooms for the wheelchair-bound.

·         Braille signage for the Blind.

·         Closed-captioning for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.


The ADA was signed into Federal Law in 1990, and defines a disability as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity." Exclusions include active substance abuse, and vision impairment that is correctable by prescription lenses.


ADA at Mendocino College

Mendocino College complies with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, providing accommodations such as:

  • Disabled parking spaces.
  • Automatic doors.
  • Accessible bathrooms, telephones, drinking fountains, walkways, classrooms.
  • Wheelchair-accessible desks.
  • Braille maps and signage.
  • TTY telephone for Deaf or Hard of Hearing.
  • Visual (flashing) fire alarms.

These accommodations are available to all students, employees, prospective employees, and visitors as a matter of Public Access and ADA compliance. You do you not have to request these accommodations, and you do not have to enroll with the DRC to get these accommodations.

Created: May 04, 2009 @ 12:38 PM
Last Modified: August 05, 2010 @ 01:11 PM


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