ADA of 1990?

I need to find the actual text of the ADA? I have to attach it to a report I am doing, and reprinted copies (such as - The official ADA home page) of the legislation are not acceptable.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Well, "reprinted copies" are all you get, unless you sneak into the library of congress and get the law that was signed by President Bush.

    (1) can give you "slip laws." It's the law as written by the Congress and signed by the President. It's a "reprinted copy" but it's as official as it gets -- from the Library of Congress.

    (2) Go to your nearest library that has a copy of the U.S. Code. Find volume 42. Copy 42 U.S.C. sections 12101 through 12213. This will look more "official" because it comes from a book -- the ADA as codified in the U.S. Code.

    (This is also available online at, among other places, the Legal Information Institute from Cornell law school,

    You might also be able to acquire a copy of the "slip law" from a "Federal Depository Library". You can search for one near you here:

    You can also buy the Act from the Government Printing Office for $2.00... but of course then you have to wait for shipping.

    "Reprinted copies" make no sense here. That's like saying that the little pocket constitution I have on my desk isn't the "real" constitution because it doesn't have George Washington's signature on it. These are government documents reprinted from a variety of high quality sources (like the DOJ's ADA homepage). I would simply ask your teacher/professor what level of assurance they would like that the act is correct -- I'm sure something from would be fine.

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