Resources for Private & Non-Profit Businesses
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ADA Technical Assistance Program on the U.S. Department of Justice's ADA Website
ADA Business Connection Program on the U.S. Department of Justice's ADA Website
"Legal Rights of Persons with Disabilities", available for download from the State Attorney General's website.
"Disability Under the Fair Employment and Housing Act: What You Should Know About the Law" (PDF), at the Department of Fair Employment and Housing Website.
Department of Justice ADA Standards for Accessible Design - As published in the Title II regulations (28 CFR part 35, revised in 2010) and Title III regulations (28 CFR Part 36, revised in 2010) issued by the Department of Justice.
Division of the State Architect (DSA) acts as California's policy leader for building design and construction, and provides design and construction oversight for K-12 schools and community colleges. DSA has offices in Los Angeles, Oakland, Sacramento, and San Diego. DSA also develops and maintains the accessibility standards and codes utilized in public and private buildings throughout California. DSA incorporates the offices of the independent State Historical Building Safety Board, caretaker of California's State Historical Building Code.
Building and Standards Commission - The Commission's mission is to produce sensible and usable state building standards and administrative regulations that implement or enforce those standards.
As part of the President's New Freedom Initiative, the Department of Justice is providing information to small businesses about the ADA and tax benefits to help them comply with the law.
The ADA Tax Incentives Packet contains information about the disabled access credit that is available for small businesses and the tax deduction that is available for businesses of any size to help offset some of the costs of improving accessibility for customers or employees with disabilities. It also includes the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) form and instructions for claiming the disabled access credit, a list of ADA publications available free from the Department of Justice, and a list of telephone numbers and Internet sites to which you can turn for answers to your ADA questions.
Service animals are animals that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities such as guiding people who are blind, alerting people who are deaf, pulling wheelchairs, alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure, or performing other special tasks. Service animals are working animals, not pets. Service Animals are addressed in California law under Civil Code Section 54.1(6) through 54.1(7)(b).
More information on Service Animals:
Legal Rights for Persons with Disabilities (PDF) - Chapter 2, "Housing Discrimination" and Chapter 3, "Non Discrimination in Business and Services". This publication can be found under Publications on the Attorney General's Website
Commonly Asked Questions About Service Animals In Places of Business - a Department of Justice publication