ERIC Number: ED450528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Helping State and Local Governments Comply with the ADA: An Assessment of How the United States Department of Justice Is Enforcing Title II, Subpart A, of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Isler, Frederick D.; Zalokar, Nadja; Chambers, David; Kraus, Rebecca; Johnson, Wanda; Butler, Margaret; Avery, Michelle Leigh; Tyler, Marcia; Baird, Andrea; Foshee, Latrice; Turner, Ilona
This report from the United States Commission on Civil Rights focuses specifically on the efforts of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to enforce Title II, Subtitle A of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination based on disability by public entities such as state and local governments. The report evaluates DOJ's regulations and policies clarifying the language of the statute; processing of complaints of discrimination based on disability; litigation; and outreach, education, and technical assistance efforts related to the Act. The Commission finds that DOJ's implementation and enforcement program for the Americans with Disabilities Act is generally adequate, given its limited resources and extensive responsibilities. It finds that DOJ's greatest strength is its technical assistance and outreach and education program, which is extremely effective and praised widely by agency stakeholders. Another strength is DOJ's innovative use of alternative dispute resolution or mediation techniques to resolve complaints of discrimination. A general weakness of DOJ, however, is that it appears unresponsive to the concerns and priories of its stakeholders. To ensure that all stakeholders have a voice in DOJ's decision making, the Commission recommends that a formal mechanism be instituted to obtain input from interested parties. (Contains over 700 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Agency Role, Arbitration, Children, Civil Rights Legislation, Compliance (Legal), Court Litigation, Disabilities, Disability Discrimination, Federal Regulation, Law Enforcement, Program Effectiveness
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 624 Ninth Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20425. Tel: 202-376-8128.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990