Congress passed the Americans With Disabilities Act ("ADA") in 1990 and it became effective in 1992.The statute prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities by employers, state and local governments, and public accommodations. With more than two years experience under the statute, an assessment of the effectiveness of the dispute resolution procedures is appropriate. This Article begins with a brief overview of the statute, including an analysis of the dispute resolution procedure under each title. The report then discusses the effectiveness of existing dispute resolution procedures. Finally the report makes recommendations for improving the dispute resolution procedures, including a specific recommendation for adoption of a mediation program, in order to effectuate the purposes of the statute.
Ann C. Hodges, Dispute Resolution Under the Americans with Disabilities Act: A Report to The Administrative Conference of the United States, 9 Admin. L.J. Am. U. 1007 (1996).