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About the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law prohibiting discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities. As defined by the statute, a person with a disability is one who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.  The ADA also protects people who have a history of such an impairment, or who are regarded as having such an impairment.

The New York State Unified Court System is committed to fully complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act by providing services, programs and activities in a way that assures equal and full accessibility for all court users. The Office of Justice Court Support is responsible for assisting the courts in assuring access to services and reasonable accommodations for court users who qualify under ADA. For each courthouse, there is a court clerk or justice who can help facilitate access to court services, programs and activities. Individuals seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact their court clerk or justice.

New ADA Guide -- "Ensuring People with Disabilities Full and Equal Access to the Courts: A Guide for Judges and Court Personnel"

The new guide explains the court system’s ADA liaison program. Each courthouse has at least one individual specifically designated to serve as an ADA liaison, and to accept and assist with requests for accommodation. ADA liaisons receive special training in ADA-related issues, and are available to judges and non-judicial personnel with questions about implementing accommodations. The ADA liaison also ensures that accommodation equipment (such as assistive listening devices), is in working order and reports ADA-related problems that arise. To find the liaison for your court, please check the list of ADA liaisons.

Please take a few minutes to become familiar with the guide's contents. We appreciate your attention to this information and your important role in ensuring that everyone has equal access to the courts. For guide related questions, please call the ADA Office at: 212.428.2760, email: ADA@nycourts.gov, or contact your local ADA liaison.

For any questions, concerns or assistance, please feel free to email us: resourcecenter@nycourts.gov.

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