ADA: Navigating the Benefits of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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This summer marks the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The law was designed to ensure equal opportunity, participation, living and economic self-sufficiency to people with disabilities, and has changed the way Americans live.

In addition to the long, sloping, handicap-accessible ramps that have popped up in public areas, public transportation and technology are easier to access, and communities have become more inclusive. The ADA has brought people with disabilities increased public awareness and respect. It has figuratively – and literally – “opened the door” for the 54 million Americans with disabilities.

If you or someone you care about is living with a disability, these resources from can help you get the government benefits and services you may be entitled to:

  • Search by topic or level of government to find the benefits from Social Security and other sources that you may be missing. You’ll also find helpful guides, such as “Working While Disabled—A Guide to Plans for Achieving Self Support,” that can answer your questions.
  • Create a personal account on to vote or comment on resources on the site, ask questions on group pages, save your searches, or receive updates.
  • Check out the complete information available on the Americans with Disabilities act, including its law and regulations.

For more information about the Americans with Disabilities Act, visit and its "Help for People with Disabilities" FAQ.



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About the Blogger

Michele Ohmes

thumbnail image Michele S. Ohmes is an Americans with Disabilities Act specialist and wheelchair user who works with public works departments, facility managers, and contractors. Her design manual — ADA and Accessibility: Let's Get Practical — is available on CD-ROM through the American Public Works Association's Web site. Author's note: Michele & Associates does not render legal advice and has no enforcement authority regarding the ADA or other federal disability-rights legislation.