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Your Rights Under ADA

The State of Ohio is a disability inclusion state and model employer for individuals with disabilities and follows the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Upon taking office in 2019, Governor DeWine created a position of State ADA Coordinator through Executive Order 2019-03D.  James Clinkscale is the State of Ohio's first State ADA Coordinator.

The ADA

The ADA, enacted in 1990, is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life. State government is required to comply with Title I (employment) and Title II (public services).  

Title I | Employment

Title I of the ADA prohibits the State of Ohio from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment. If you believe you have experienced employment discrimination based on disability, please review your EEO rights.

The ADA also requires there be a reasonable accommodation process to ensure individuals with disabilities have equal access to the job application process, the ability to perform their essential job functions, and have equal benefits and privileges of employment.  Each state agency handles its own Reasonable Accommodation Process.  Please contact the Agency's ADA Coordinator for assistance.  If you believe you have experienced unfair treatment in the reasonable accommodation process, please review and complete the ADA Reasonable Accommodation Grievance Form.

Title II | Public Services for State and Local Government

Title II of the ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by “public entities,” which are programs, services and activities operated by state and local governments. It requires the State of Ohio to make its programs, services and activities  accessible to individuals with disabilities. It also requires the State of Ohio to conduct self-evaluation to ensure its policies, practices, procedures and facilities are free from barriers to individuals with disabilities.

The ADA also requires there be a reasonable accommodation process to ensure individuals with disabilities have equal access to State of Ohio programs, services, benefits and activities.  Each state agency handles its own Reasonable Accommodation Process. Please contact the Agency's ADA Coordinator for assistance. If you believe you have experienced unfair treatment in the reasonable accommodation process, please review and complete the ADA Reasonable Accommodation Grievance Form.

ADA Terminology

Disability means that an individual has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of an impairment or is regarded as having an impairment. Disabilities can be physical, mental, seen, unseen, permanent or temporary.