ADA National Network Disability Law Handbook

Created by Jacquie Brennan and the Southwest ADA Center

Print copies of the updated handbook are sold out.

The electronic version of the updated handbook is available on the ADA National Network website . You can download and print this PDF version on your own printer for free.

Topics Covered

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act: An Overview
  • Employment and the ADA
  • State and Local Governments and the ADA
  • Public Accommodations and the ADA
  • Communication and the ADA
  • Transportation and the ADA
  • Service Animals and the ADA
  • Ticketing, Reservations, and the ADA
  • Rehabilitation Act
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Housing
  • Social Security and Disability
  • Air Travel
  • Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act
  • Resources

This handbook is a broad overview of rights and obligations under federal disability laws. Individual state laws may impose more stringent obligations. This handbook is intended to inform rather than to advise, and the information provided is of a general nature. You should consult an attorney for advice about your particular situation.


The Southwest ADA Center is a program of ILRU (Independent Living Research Utilization) at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas. It is funded by a grant (#H133A110027) from the Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). NIDRR is not an enforcement agency.

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