Americans with Disabilities Act Commission


  • 37 Main Street
    Charlton, MA 01507

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a Federal law that was adopted in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that, in certain circumstances, prohibits discrimination based on disability. The ADA states that a covered entity shall not discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability. 

This applies to:

  • Advancement
  • Discharge of employees
  • Hiring
  • Job application procedures
  • Job training
  • Worker's compensation
  • Other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment

Additional Details

No individual may be discriminated against on the basis of disability with regards to the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, or accommodations of any place of public service or accommodation by any person who owns, leases (or leases to), or operates a place of public accommodation or provides a public service.

One of the requirements of the Act was that all cities and towns had to appoint an ADA Coordinator. The ADA Coordinator is responsible for working to bring all Municipal services, infrastructure, and Town-owned buildings into compliance with the Act. Privately owned facilities do not fall under the ADA Coordinator’s purview.