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ADA Needs Simplification, Clarification for American Disability Act Requirements

Date: August 18, 2008

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of a disability. Title III of the ADA requires private businesses that are open to the public to allow individuals with disabilities to participate equally in the goods and services they offer. Title III mandates modifications in policies, practices and procedures; the provision of auxiliary aids and services; the provision of accessible transportation services when transportation services are offered; and the removal of architectural and communication barriers.

Small business supports the goals of the ADA but all too often finds itself on the wrong end of abusive lawsuits. The complexity of the law makes it difficult for small employers to understand how to make the appropriate accommodations. NFIB supports clarification and simplification of the duties of business owners under current American disability act requirements, as well as small employers being given time to correct unintentional violations before a lawsuit can be filed against them.

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