State agencies, local agencies, and other subrecipients must ensure equal access to FNS programs for persons with disabilities. Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 prohibits discrimination based on disability by state and local governments. The ADA and Section 504 cover issues pertaining to both physical access and program access.
It is important to note that for most issues there is dual authority under both DOJ (ADA) and USDA (Section 504) regulations, though the specifics sometimes differ. Section 508 covers issues pertaining to information technology access (e.g., web-based information, application systems, etc.) for the federal government. Many states have passed legislation requiring electronic and information technology accessibility adopting Section 508 as their standard.
- USDA-FNS Policy Memorandum on Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in the School Meals Programs
(SP 59-2016, Sept. 26, 2016)
- USDA-FNS Accommodating Children with Disabilities in the School Meal Programs: Questions and Answers
(SP 26-2017, April 25, 2017)
- USDA-FNS Policy Memorandum on Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in the Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program
(CACFP 14-2017/SFSP 10-2017, June 22, 2017)
- USDA-FNS Accommodating Children with Disabilities in the School Meal Programs: Guidance for School Food Service Professionals, (July 25, 2017)
- Information and Technical Assistance on the ADA
- DOJ ADA: Title II Primer
- DOJ ADA Requirements: Effective Communication
- DOJ ADA 2010 Revised Requirements: Service Animals
- DOJ ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments
- DOJ ADA Requirements: Wheelchairs, Mobility Aids, and Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices
- DOJ ADA Guidance on Web Accessibility