The ADA National Network DISABILITY LAW Handbook
Created by Jacquie Brennan Southwest ADA Center A program of ILRU
Public Accommodations and the ADA
What are “public accommodations” under the ADA?
Public accommodations are private businesses, both for-profit and not-for-profit. A place of public accommodation is a facility whose operations affect commerce and falls into at least one of these categories:
· Places of lodging (inns, hotels, or motels);
· Places that serve food or drink (restaurants and bars);
· Places of exhibition or entertainment (theaters, stadiums, arenas);
· Places of public gathering (auditoriums, convention centers);
· Sales or rental establishments (stores, shopping centers);
· Service establishments (banks, beauty shops, repair shops, funeral homes, gas stations, professional offices, pharmacies, hospitals);
· Public transportation terminals, depots or stations;
· Places of public display or collection (museums, libraries, galleries);
· Places of recreation (parks, zoos, amusement parks, gyms, pools);
· Places of education (nursery schools, elementary, secondary, undergraduate, or postgraduate schools, trade or technical schools);
· Social service center establishments (day care centers, senior citizen centers, homeless shelters, food banks, adoption agencies); or
· Places of exercise or recreation (gyms, spas, golf courses).
What does Title III of the ADA require from these places of public accommodation?
Places of public accommodation may not discriminate against people with disabilities and may not deny full and equal enjoyment of the goods and services they offer.