ADA Resources

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush in 1990. It is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Disability is defined as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity."

The ADA has five "Titles". These titles prohibit discrimination based on

  1. Employment
  2. Public Services and Transportation
  3. Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities
  4. Telecommunications
  5. Miscellaneous Provisions

The UCSB Campus has several resources available for those concerned with specific aspects of the ADA.

ADA Handbook

Download the UCSB ADA Handbook. The information in this booklet is current as of February, 2003. Updates to the handbook will be provided electronically as new information and interpretations become available.

We hope you will find the handbook useful to your department. If you have further questions or need assistance, please contact the campus compliance officer Tessa Mendez at 805.893.7025 or

Web Standards

The campus’ Web Standards Group has also put together a set of Web Accessibility Guidelines designed to ensure access to all campus web pages for individuals with a variety of disabilities.