(ADA) Americans with Disabilities Act
ADA Basic Building Blocks Course
Project of the ADA National Network

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"ADA Basic Building Blocks" is an introductory webcourse on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) that is designed to help increase your knowledge and understanding of the basic principles and core concepts in the ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA).

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Registration & Cost

You must **Register for the ADA Basics webcourse to create your unique login that is needed each time this course is used to track your progress and eligibility for education credit.

There is no cost to register for the webcourse. However, there is a fee for some education credit:


The course is designed to provide you with the basic principles and core concepts of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA).

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Discuss the purpose of the ADA using a civil rights framework.
  2. Identify the five titles of the ADA.
  3. Define the general nondiscrimination requirements of the ADA.
  4. Explain each nondiscrimination requirement using 1-2 real-life examples.
  5. Identify the defenses or limitations of each nondiscrimination requirement.
  6. Locate and use various resources for information on the ADA.

Content of Course

This 12-topic course may be accessed at any time using a computer or mobile device with an Internet connection. Each topic contains 2-8 pages of relevant information and real-life examples, as well as:

Topics in Course - 12

  1. Purpose of the ADA (8 pages)
  2. Structure of the ADA (3 pages)
  3. Enforcement of the ADA (5 pages)
  4. Cross-cutting Issues - Definition of Disability (9 pages)
  5. Cross-cutting Issues - Nondiscrimination Requirements (7 pages)
  6. Cross-cutting Issues - Nondiscrimination Requirements (5 pages)
  7. Title I - Employment (12 pages)
  8. Title II - State and Local Government (6 pages)
  9. Title III - Public Accommodations (12 pages)
  10. Title IV - Telecommunications (1 page)
  11. Title V - Miscellaneous Provisions (1 page)
  12. Course Wrap-Up (2 pages)

Help & Questions

Questions or problems with the course?

Southeast ADA Center
Phone: 404-541-9001
Email: adasoutheast@law.syr.edu

Questions on the ADA?

ADA National Network
Toll-free ADA hotline: 1-800-949-4232
Web: adata.org

All inquiries and requests for assistance are strictly confidential. We respect the importance of your inquiry and will respond as soon as possible. Information Specialists are available Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.