Business Accessibility

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sets forth regulations and guidelines to ensure accessibility for people with disabilities. The ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and requires that all public accommodations (including businesses and non-profit organizations) be accessible.

With one out of every five adults in the U.S. living with disability, accessibility is an important issue. The resources assembled on this page will help to familiarize you with requirements under the ADA and help to make your place of business more accessible and inclusive for all.

EmployABILITY Business Grant

The EmployABILITY grant provides between $20,000 to $200,000 to eligible businesses. During this webinar, Megan Davis, Grant Manager for the California Department of Rehabilitation’s Demand Side Employment Initiative (DSEI), shares how the grant helps businesses grow while offering long-term employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Attendees will learn the program guidelines and how to submit a competitive grant application.

Businesses unable to attend the accessibility workshop in person
can watch a recording of the presentation here.

Business Accessibility Workshop

The City of Pasadena hosted a workshop to increase awareness of business requirements under the ADA as it pertains to physical accessibility, effective communication, and general nondiscrimination. Guest speakers included ADA experts from the Pacific ADA Center and the California Division of the State Architect’s Office. Business owners gained knowledge about the resources and tools available to achieve greater business accessibility, including the California Certified Access Specialist (CASp) program and financial resources for small businesses.

Accessibility is a broad subject area.
The following topics are areas under the ADA that businesses may want to explore further.


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