Disability Access Law in California

Californians living with physical disabilities deserve to be able to do the same things that able-bodied citizens take for granted, whether it’s shopping, dining out, using a public restroom or traveling.

The state’s disability access laws are intended to ensure full accessibility for all to business establishments, public facilities, hospitals, housing, sidewalks, and roadways. Business owners found in violation of disability access laws may be liable for attorney fees and damages of $4,000 or more.

Federal laws protect the access rights of the disabled. The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) were enacted by Congress in 1990, and violation of the ADA is a violation of California civil code. These laws are of the utmost importance to disabled citizens, so any attempts to make changes should be undertaken with extreme sensitivity to guard against undercutting the lives of those who live with disabilities.


Why Access Matters: It’s a civil right for people with disabilities

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Access is not a privilege. It’s a right. However, many still fail to follow the law and lawsuits follow. We need to change our thinking. We need to treat individuals with disabilities as equals in our community and enforce access policies that include individuals. Doing this means we value diversity and want to build a community that everyone can appreciate. 


Speak with a California Civil Rights Attorney

If you believe you have suffered a civil rights violation based on your rights as a disabled person, the best place to start is to speak with an experienced civil rights attorney. 

The Center for Disability Access will not charge you for its legal services provided unless your case is won. 

Call (415) 534-1911 or email us to schedule a free, confidential consultation. 

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