The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (revised 2009) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability or have a relationship or association with an individual with a disability. An individual is defined by the ADA as a person who:
- Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of such individual;
- Has a record of such an impairment; or
- Is being regarded by others as having such an impairment
Transitory impairments with an actual or expected duration of 6 months or less do not meet the requirement of "being regarded as having such an impairment."
Title II (State and Local Government Activities), requires that State and local governments give people with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from all of their programs, services, and activities.
(Information reproduced from www.ada.gov)
Mercer County Library encourages full participation in library programs and services. Please submit any requests for accommodation for people with disabilities to your local branch library. People who are deaf, hard of hearing and/or speech impaired can access the New Jersey Relay Service at 711 or 1-800-852-7899. New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center (TBBC) provides a variety of services for persons with disabilities. For more information individuals may call 1-800-792-8322.