Illinois ADA Project

Your Resource for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information

Illinois ADA Project: Your Resource for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information

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  • Upcoming Trainings and Events:
  • Upcoming Trainings Schedule

  • The ADA Webinar Series for 2015 - 2016 is offered free of charge by the ADA National Network. More information is available at:
  • Upcoming Webinars include:
  • July 20, 2016: Service Animals, Emotional Support Animals, Pets and The Law
  • September 21, 2016: Criminal Justice and the ADA
  • Continuing education credits are available for certain sessions. Review the schedule to learn which recognitions are available per session.

  • ADA Audio Conferences for 2015 - 2016 are Listed Below, please see: for more information.
  • Continuing education credits are available for certain sessions. Review the schedule to learn which recognitions are available per session.
  • June 28, 2016: Rights of Veterans in Employment, Housing and Transportation

  • Upcoming IL ADA Project Trainings
  • July 11, 2016 and August 5, 2016: ADA and Employment Rights for Doumak, Inc.
  • August 2016: ADA and Accommodating Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities at the EEOC Technical Assistance Program Seminar
  • November 11, 2016: ADA: Know Your Rights at the Quarterly Informational Session sponsored by the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities
  • A full schedule of community events is available on the Community Events page.

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Welcome to the Illinois ADA Project Homepage

Our goal is to educate, enrich, and enlighten the people, businesses, and organizations of Illinois regarding the ADA. Read about what we do in the Our Services Section.

  • The Illinois ADA Project is funded by the Great Lakes ADA Center to provide ADA information to individuals and private and public organizations throughout Illinois.

The Illinois ADA Project would like to thank our collaborative partners: The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity; disabilityworks; the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network (CBLN); and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce for their support of the Illinois ADA Project. Please see our Resource Page for more information on these organizations.

I. About the Illinois ADA Project
II. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  A. Goals of the ADA
  B. Benefits of ADA Awareness

About the Illinois ADA Project

The work of the Illinois ADA Project is guided by a Steering Committee that includes individuals with disabilities, advocates, service providers, government agencies, and businesses. The Illinois ADA Project Steering Committee consists of representatives from the following organizations:

  • Access Living
  • Accessibility Consultation & Training Services
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Chicago Uptown Lions Club
  • Cook County Housing Authority
  • disabilityworks
  • Equip for Equality
  • Great Lakes ADA Center
  • Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Illinois Attorney General’s Office
  • Illinois Commission of Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
  • Illinois Department of Human Rights
  • Illinois Department of Human Services
  • Illinois Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Illinois Secretary of State
  • Illinois State Toll Highway Authority
  • JJ’s List
  • LifeCare Design Studio
  • Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD)
  • More Access Solutions
  • Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
  • Southern Illinois University

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The ADA is the 1990 Civil Rights Law designed to protect the civil rights of people with disabilities in the United States of America. The ADA seeks to ensure that people with disabilities are fully integrated into the fabric of society. The Act prohibits discrimination, requires that businesses provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities and provides that facilities and services be made accessible. The five parts of the ADA are:

  • Title I: Employment
  • Title II: State and Local Governments
  • Title III: Public Accommodations and Commerical Facilities
  • Title IV: Telecommunications
  • Title V: Miscellaneous

Goals of the ADA

  • Equal treatment under the law

  • Fairness to individuals, businesses, and the government

  • Independence

  • Access to facilities and services

  • A diverse, integrated, and welcoming society for people with disabilities

  • Clear, enforceable standards

Benefits of Increased ADA Awareness

Increasing ADA awareness will lead to a society where America's goals of freedom, equality, justice, and fairness can be attained and each individualís uniqueness is fully appreciated and their potential realized.