OCWR BROWN BAG LUNCH SERIES:
PUBLIC ACCESS PROVISIONS OF ADA TITLES II AND III UNDER THE CAA
AUGUST 21, 2019
The Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 (CAA), 2 U.S.C. §§ 1301 et seq., applies the rights and protections established by the employment and public access provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42 U.S.C. § 12112 et seq. Accordingly, the ADA is unique among the other laws applied by the CAA because it affords protections to both employees and members of the public.
The rights and protections for the public are found in section 210 of the CAA, which incorporates Titles II and III of the ADA. 2 U.S.C. § 1331(b). These public access provisions, as applied by the CAA, require that employing offices make their services, programs, and activities for the public, as well as the facilities where these services, programs, and activities are provided, accessible to all, including individuals with a disability.