Volume 2, 2021 Elements and Essentials of the ADA


Author Kelly Narowski, MA, ADAC

Credit: .1 CEU

Funding and Public Policy



The Americans with Disabilities Act is the most far-reaching, comprehensive piece of civil rights legislation in the world that and was enacted to protect the basic rights of individuals with disabilities. The ADA is comprised of five titles that will be discussed in this article as they each relate to different areas of public life. The legislation prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government’ programs and services.

Learning Outcomes:

The participant will be able to explain the ADA’s three-pronged definition of disability.

The participant will be able to briefly explain the first 4 of the 5 ADA Titles.

The participant will be able to describe key ADA fundamentals such as reasonable accommodations and basic accessibility requirements.

Kelly Narowski, MA, ADAC has vast experience as a disability rights advocate, professional speaker, and as a subject matter expert on disability law and policy. She is certified as an ADA Coordinator from the University of Missouri, holds a Master’s degree in Disability Studies from the City University of New York, and is currently working on a Master’s in Psychology from Northcentral University. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Midland Empire Center of Independent Living. Ms. Narowski is a military spouse, animal lover, and having visited 47 countries, she is an avid traveler who has a passion for educating individuals with mobility impairments about accessible travel. She frequently speaks about disability-related topics at conferences, schools, and for military audiences.