ADA Basic Building Blocks

ADA Basic Building Blocks
An Online Course About the
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

The ADA Basic Building Blocks is an introductory webcourse on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) that explores the legal requirements and spirit of the ADA.

The course content is self-paced and organized into 12 topics that have been designed to be studied in order. It will cover the basic principles and core concepts contained in the ADA.

The specific course objectives are to:

  • Discuss the purpose of the ADA using a civil rights framework.
  • Identify the five titles of the ADA.
  • Define the general nondiscrimination requirements of the ADA.
  • Explain each nondiscrimination requirement using real-life examples.
  • Identify the defenses or limitations of each nondiscrimination requirement.
  • Create familiarity with various resources for information on the ADA.

The topics covered by the course are:

  1. Purpose of the ADA (7 pages)
  2. Structure of the ADA (3 pages)
  3. Enforcement of the ADA (5 pages)
  4. Cross-cutting Issues, Part 1 - Definition of Disability (9 pages)
  5. Cross-cutting Issues, Part 2 - Nondiscrimination Requirements (7 pages)
  6. Cross-cutting Issues, Part 3 - Nondiscrimination Requirements (5 pages)
  7. Title I - Employment (12 pages)
  8. Title II - State and Local Government (6 pages)
  9. Title III - Public Accommodations (11 pages)
  10. Title IV - Telecommunications (1 page
  11. Title V - Miscellaneous Provisions (1 page)
  12. Course Wrap-Up (2 pages)

Registering for the Webcourse

The ADA Basic Building Blocks webcourse is offered FREE of charge for those not seeking CEUs. However, you will need to create a course login at to use each time you access the course.

Earning a Certificate and CEU

This webcourse has been approved by Georgia Tech Professional Education for ONE (1) continuing education unit (CEU), which equates to 10 contact hours. A $50 CEU fee is required. A Georgia Tech certificate and 1 CEU can ONLY be earned for this course if you meet ALL the following requirements:

  • Complete all 12 topics.
  • Obtain 90% accuracy or better on the Course Post-Test.
  • Submit a request and a $50 CEU fee (payable by check or credit card) to Georgia Tech Professional Education at

You may pre-register for CEUs at OR you may register for CEUs after completing the course.

The Regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers (DBTACs) are authorized by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to provide information, materials, and technical assistance to individuals and entities that are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). However, you should be aware that NIDRR is not responsible for enforcement of the ADA. The information, materials, and/or technical assistance are intended solely as informal guidance, and are neither a determination of your legal rights or responsibilities under the act, nor binding on any agency with enforcement responsibility under the ADA.