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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, and more.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else, particularly in government spaces, public places, and workplaces.

The ADA defines a person with a disability as someone who:

  • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;
  • Has a record of such an impairment; or
  • Is regarded as having such an impairment.

As you may or may not know, prior substance use disorder is considered a disability. Therefore, employers may not discriminate against a person who has a history of drug addiction but who is not currently using drugs and who has been rehabilitated or is in recovery.

Below are resources we currently have regarding ADA. Please check back as we will continue to update this information.

Helpful Blog Posts & Articles

Disability and Substance Use Disorders – Know Your Rights


Reasonable accommodations for people with a history of substance use


Meeting the Needs of Individuals with Disabilities: A Guide for Recovery Home Owners and Operators


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