Title II – Public Services

Title II focuses on public services. Public services, which include state and local government entities, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK) and other commuter authorities, cannot deny services to people with disabilities or deny participation in programs or activities that are available to people without disabilities. In addition, public transportation systems, such as public transit buses, must be accessible to individuals with disabilities.

A public entity is defined by Title ll as any State or local government any department, agency or special purpose district certain commuter authorities, including AMTRAK.

Title ll applies to all programs, services and activities provided for or operated by State and local governments. This does not include the Federal Government, which is covered under sections 501 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Currently 504 only applies to programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance; therefore, Title ll goes a step further to include
government operations that do not receive Federal funding, such as courts, licensing and legislative facilities and proceedings.