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  • Facts about the Americans with Disabilities Act

    Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which took effect July 26, 1992, prohibits private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies and labor unions 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. Read More

    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Guide to Disability and WA State Nondiscrimination Laws

    In Washington State, the Legislature has enacted a broad definition of disability that increases protections for persons with medical, psychological, and other impairments. The Washington definition is different than the definition found in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – it is broader, covers more medical conditions, and is not restricted to a condition that substantially limits a major life activity. Temporary conditions, including pregnancy related disabilities, can be included under the protections. Read More

    WA State Human Rights Commission
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

    The complete text of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Read More


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  • ADA Paratransit Eligibility: How to Make Your Case

    The purpose of this handout is to assist people with disabilities to obtain an accurate and fair ADA paratransit eligibility determination. Many people with disabilities who should be eligible for paratransit services according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are denied eligibility because transit agencies are not accurately assessing their capacities. Read More

    Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

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Service Animals (3)+

  • Change in Washington Law about Service Animals Starting January 1, 2019

    The state legislature has found that misrepresentations of pets, therapy animals, or emotional support animals as service animals has made it harder for people with disabilities to get acceptance of their properly trained and essential service animals. The new law limits the definition of “service animal” and imposes a fine for misrepresenting an animal as a service animal. #8405EN Read More

    Northwest Justice Project - CLEAR Intake Line
  • Guide to Service Animals and Washington State Law Against Discrimination

    Read about the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) which includes provisions prohibiting discrimination against persons with disabilities who use a service animal to assist them with the disability. Read More

    Washington Human Rights Commission
  • Service & Companion Animal Owners - Know Your Rights!

    Service and companion animals can help people with disabilities go about their daily lives. Unfortunately, there’s still a lot of confusion about the rules that govern service and companion animals in businesses. Worse, the rules change from state to state, so it can be really hard to keep up. Read More

    Disability Rights Washington