Americans with Disabilities Act Essay

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We all have different views about people whether they are good or bad. However, when we let these views determine how we are going to treat someone, problems can arise. One problem is discrimination. Before 1990, people with disabilities were often discriminated against. After a lot of time getting people aware of the issue, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990. The main purpose of the ADA act is to make public buildings, transportation, and workplaces accessible and fair to those with disabilities. So workplaces and public facilities must provide various services to make it a reasonable accommodation for those with disabilities. Who counts under ADA? Anyone having a disability which can easily be defined as, “Disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.” (1) So what exactly does it mean to have “reasonable accommodations”? Basically, it just means just treating people with disabilities equally to others and removing any barriers that would keep them from using the service. For a public facility, it means that it needs to remove, “physical, communications and procedural barriers”. (2 For example, if someone was in a wheelchair and went to a multi-story mall, that mall is expected to have some type of way to provide that person a way to get to the other levels like an elevator. For a workplace, it means to judge the person equally in job applications, allow qualified individuals with a job (if someone else is more qualified than you do not have to choose the person with a disability you just can’t refuse them because of their disability), and help the employee have equal benefits/privileges.(3) For example, my friend had a wrist injury, so for her job at the grocery store, her employer had to make sure she didn’t lift or move a certain amount of weight for the time
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