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The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 revolutionized the expectations of employers and access to facilities.

This leaflet explains how the ADA affected museum’s hiring practices and the design of museum buildings.

Guidelines establish what questions are no longer appropriate to ask on employment applications, health insurance coverage, and the expectations for employees to ask for reasonable accommodations.

This leaflet also discusses the standards new museum buildings should follow and the alterations museums should make to their facilities for ADA compliance.

Particular attention is focused on what alterations are expected in historic structures and what is permissible due to grandfather clauses.

Technical Leaflet #180 (1992)