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Module 4 Know Your Rights

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Introduction to the Americans with Disabilities Act and what it means for you

The Know Your Rights module is an introduction to your protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is a federal civil-rights statute protecting the rights of people with disabilities. It affects access to employment, state and local government programs and services, access to places of public accommodation such as businesses, transportation, and non-profit service providers, as well as telecommunications.

Since you are in the process of searching for a job, be aware that the ADA prohibits discrimination in all employment practices, including job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, training, tenure, layoff, leave, fringe benefits, and all other employment-related activities. This module will explore who qualifies as a person with a disability under the ADA and how to request an accommodation to help you be successful on the job. 

Module 4 Learning Objectives

  1. You will understand your basic rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  2. You will learn about interview questions that are illegal to ask under the ADA.
  3. You will practice interviewing with the course moderator over Skype.


  • Peter Berg is the ADA Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Great Lakes ADA Center. He talks about rights and responsibilities under the ADA.

  • Cindy Held Tarshish is the Program Manager of ADA Minnesota. She explores requesting an accommodation in the employment process.

Read and Explore


  • Post an example of a potentially illegal interview question and explain why it might be illegal. Post in the Forum
  • Send a message to the course moderator to set up a time to practice an interview over Skype. (Send Message on Left Side Menu Under the Profile Picture) 
  • Module 4 Active Learning (Quiz)

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