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Child Care and the ADA

All Kids Count: Child Care & the ADA

As a child care center or home daycare provider do you understand your rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? 

The Rocky Mountain ADA Center is here to help individuals and organizations in Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota understand their rights and responsibilities under the ADA. 

Wooden blocks spelling child careUnder Title III, the ADA prohibits a public accommodation, such as a child care center or home daycare, from discriminating against an individual on the basis of disability by denying them the right of full and equal access of its goods and services. Child care centers must comply with Title III of the ADA regardless of its size or number of employees. Even small, home-based centers that may not have to follow some state laws are covered by Title III. Under Title III, “disability” can include any disorder, disease or impairment ranging from diabetes, to allergies, physical/mobility or developmental/learning challenges, as well as epilepsy, cerebral palsy, asthma and HIV/AIDS, among others.

We are here to provide you with materials to educate and inform you of your ADA requirements.

Resources for Child Care Centers and Home Daycare Providers:

Educational Materials:

  • Disability Etiquette Lesson Plans [pdf] [doc]
  • Disability Etiquette Coloring Pages [pdf]
  • Sign Language Lesson Plans [pdf] [doc]
  • Sign Language Coloring Pages [pdf]
  • Disability Awareness Through Language Arts & Literacy: Resources for Prekindergarten and Elementary School  (Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, 2012) [pdf]
  • Friends Who Care (Easter Seals, 2012)

Products:

  • Ten Tips for Kids - Disability Etiquette | $10.00  
    Ten Tips for Kids: Disability Etiquette is a fun resource for use in any classroom or small group setting for kids K-6.This kit comes with a full color poster and a CD-ROM with a 9 min. video, as well as lesson plans, reproducible tip illustrations, an introduction to person-first language and links to other related resources. This product was produced by Rocky Mountain ADA Center partners in North Dakota.

Videos:

The Rocky Mountain ADA Center has produced a series of videos to help child care centers and day care providers understand their ADA rights and responsibilities. View the videos now:

What is the ADA?
What is the ADA? (with captions)
Defining Disability
Defining Disability (with captions)
Child Care and the ADA
Child Care and the ADA (with captions)
Child Care Accessibility
Child Care Accessibility (with captions)
Policy and Procedure Revisions
Policy and Procedure Revisions (with captions)

In addition to the information found on this site, the ADA Center can help make suggestions and guide you to make reasonable modifications to your policies, practices or procedures when necessary in order to make your services and facilities accessible to individuals with disabilities. We can also provide training to management and staff on the rights and obligations you have with regard to individuals with disabilities and the ADA.

For more assistance, contact us at adainfo@adainformation.org or call (800) 949-4232.