T. 4/22/92 SBO:MF:NM:hb DJ# 192-16i-00014 Mr. (b)(6) XX Stoneboro, Pennsylvania 16153 Dear Mr.

(b)(6) This is in response to your letter to our office concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA authorizes the Department of Justice to provide technical assistance to entities that are subject to the Act. This letter provides informal guidance to assist you in understanding how the ADA may apply to you. However, this technical assistance does not constitute a determination by the Department of Justice of your rights or responsibilities under the ADA and does not constitute a binding determination by the Department of Justice. Title III of the ADA covers public accommodations and commercial facilities. The remedies available under title III depend upon the type of suit being brought. In a private suit, the available remedies are injunctive relief and attorney's fees, but not damages. If a suit is brought by the Department of Justice under title III, the remedies available are injunctive relief, damages to individuals, and civil penalties or fines. Title III of the ADA became effective on January 26, 1992, generally. New facilities for which construction began after January 26, 1992, for first occupancy after January 26, 1993, must be fully accessible. Title II of the ADA, which covers State and local government entities, incorporates by reference the remedies, procedures, and rights set forth in section 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The remedies authorized by section 505 include injunctions and damages in certain cases, but they do not include civil penalties. Title II of the ADA became effective on January 26, 1992. cc: Records; CRS; Oneglia; Friedlander; Milton; FOIA; hb ​01-00646

-2Title I of the ADA covers employment by all employers, other than the Federal government, with 15 or more employees. Title I becomes effective on July 26, 1992, for employers with 25 or more employees, and on July 26, 1994, for employers with 15-24 employees. For information on the remedies available under title I, you should contact the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 1801 L Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20507, at (800) 669-EEOC. A packet of materials on the ADA, including the ADA Accessibility Guidelines, is enclosed for your further information. Also enclosed is a copy of the Department of Justice's regulation for the coordination of nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs, which was issued pursuant to section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If you are interested in receiving additional information about the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, you should contact the Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Washington, D.C. 20402, at (202) 783-3238. I hope this information has been helpful to you. Sincerely, Stewart B. Oneglia Chief Coordination and Review Section Civil Rights Division Enclosures (5) 01-00647 3/12/92 Dear Sir: I am a citizen of the United States. I would like to learn more about the American with Disabilities Act (1989). I am most interested in the area of remedies to stop discrimination. Also, I would appreciate any detailed information on the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Guidelines for accessibility would helpful. Thank you. (b)(6) Sincerely Yours, XX Stoneboro, PA 16153 XX (b)(6) 01-00648