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Signs of non-compliance with Title II of the ADA

On Behalf of | May 30, 2024 | ADA |

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates that public entities, including state and local governments, ensure accessibility for individuals with disabilities. Compliance with these regulations is crucial for fostering inclusivity and preventing discrimination.

However, non-compliance can occur in various ways, affecting the daily lives of people with disabilities.

Inaccessible facilities

One of the most apparent signs of non-compliance is the presence of inaccessible facilities. This includes buildings without ramps or elevators, narrow doorways or bathrooms that lack grab bars and sufficient space for maneuvering. Public transportation systems not equipped with lifts or other accessibility features also fall under this category. These physical barriers prevent individuals with disabilities from accessing services and participating fully in public life.

Lack of effective communication

Title II of the ADA requires that all public entities ensure effective communication with individuals who have hearing, vision or speech disabilities. Non-compliance in this area can manifest as the absence of sign language interpreters, lack of captioning for public meetings or broadcasts and printed materials unavailable in Braille or large print. Additionally, websites and digital services that are inaccessible to screen readers and other assistive technologies indicate a failure to comply with ADA standards.

Insufficient policies and training

Public entities must have policies and procedures to accommodate individuals with disabilities. Signs of non-compliance include the absence of such policies or policies that are outdated or not enforced. Furthermore, employees and staff members should be adequately trained on ADA requirements and how to interact respectfully and effectively with individuals with disabilities. A lack of training can lead to misunderstandings, discrimination and a failure to provide necessary accommodations.

Failure to make reasonable modifications

Title II of the ADA also states that public entities must make reasonable modifications to avoid discrimination. The modifications should be made to:

  • Policies
  • Procedures
  • Practices

Non-compliance can occur when entities refuse or neglect to make these modifications.

Identifying signs of non-compliance with Title II of the ADA is crucial for ensuring that public entities fulfill their obligations to provide accessible and inclusive services, and that companies minimize their risk of incurring liability accordingly.