Curriculum for Addiction Professionals > Competency 5: Continuing Care of Families Affected by FASD > 5c. Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance in Treatment Plans
Competency 6: Legal Issues
Legal Issues Related to Individuals with an FASD, Continued
Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance in Treatment Plans
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires facilities to accommodate disabilities, such as providing
wheelchair ramps and doors with openings wide enough for wheelchairs. In
addition, treatment facilities cannot discriminate on the basis of a disability.
The addiction professional will need
to incorporate accommodations for persons with an FASD into any treatment
plans. For example, lighting at meetings may need to be dimmed to keep
the person with an FASD from becoming overstimulated. Reading materials
may need to be adapted to a lower literacy level to accommodate cognitive
More information on accommodating disabilities
can be found in Appendix D of Treatment Improvement Protocol 29, Substance
Use Disorder Treatment for People With Physical and Cognitive Disabilities.