20th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act

July 26, 2010, marked the 20th anniversary of a landmark anti-discrimination law for people with disabilities.  President George H. W. Bush signed the civil rights law called the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which governs employers, transportation systems and public places, including hotels and other businesses.  Congress passed the law to bar discrimination against people with physical or mental disabilities.  Although ADA was considered to be groundbreaking legislation when it was passed, many have commented that the law has not made meaningful progress in improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.  A recent survey conducted by the Kessler Foundation/National Organization on Disability found the disabled still lag in key areas such as employment, access to health care and socializing.  ADA Anniversary.

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications.  The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered, but common examples of disabilities include confinement to a wheelchair, reliance on assistive devices such as canes and walkers, blindness, deafness, a learning disability, and certain kinds of mental illness. The ADA states that a business entity shall not discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability. This applies to job application procedures, hiring, advancement and discharge of employees, workers’ compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.  For more information:  ADA Website

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