Civil Rights Advocacy
Americans with Disabilities Act
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Homepage
- ADA Amendments Act of 2008
- Questions and Answers on the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 for Students with Disabilities Attending Public Elementary and Secondary Schools
- Information and Technical Assistance on Title II of the ADA (covers governmental entities)
- Information and Technical Assistance on Title III of the ADA (covers public accommodations and commercial facilities)
- Commonly Asked Questions About Child Care Centers and the ADA (U.S. Department of Justice)
U.S. Department of Justice Cases
- LaPetite Academy - LaPetite Academy had a policy that they would not administer an epinephrine auto-injector. LaPetite entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, without admitting to violating Title III of the ADA, which required that LaPetite maintain a policy for properly treating anaphylactic reactions and administering epinephrine.
- Lesley University – Lesley University had a requirement that all students living on campus pay for a meal service plan, regardless of the ability of students with food allergies and celiac disease to safely eat the food provided through the meal service plan. Lesley University entered into a voluntary settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, without admitting to a violation of the ADA, requiring Lesley University to modify its meal service plan so that students with food allergies can safely participate in meals served. Lesley University was also required to consider exempting from the mandated meal plan purchase students who, due to a disability, cannot fully utilize the meal services plan.
- Rider University – Rider University failed to provide safe foods to a student with celiac disease and instead relied upon its outside food provider’s policies. Rider University entered into a voluntary settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, without admitting to a violation of the ADA, requiring Rider University to make structural changes to its food services to provide allergen-free food preparation areas in dining facilities, to create a pre-order option for students with food allergies, to train food service managers on food allergy safety, and to employ a full-time dietician to advise and assist with addressing issues related to food allergies.