Americans with Disabilities Act Essay

1138 WordsMay 5, 20145 Pages
Americans with Disability Act Throughout history, the pursuit of equality has been a major factor in shaping our society. However, a dark cloud has always existed that has prevented equality from truly taking shape. This cloud is known as discrimination and it comes in many different forms. The word discrimination is derived from the Latin word “discriminare”, which means to “distinguish between”. However, discrimination is much more than a distinction. Rather, it is an action that is based on prejudice, and it results in the unfair treatment of individuals or a group of individuals. In the business environment, discrimination is based not only on age, gender, or color, but also on the physical capabilities of an individual; therefore, an individual with a physical disability is not given the same consideration as one without a disability. To combat this form of discrimination, Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act. On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush. Upon signing this momentous Act, President Bush made the following statement: “I know there may have been concerns that the ADA may be too vague or too costly, or may lead endlessly to litigation. But I want to reassure you right now that my administration and the United States Congress have carefully crafted this Act... Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down.” (Wikipedia) The intended purpose of the American with Disabilities Act was to make the American society more accessible to individuals with disabilities. While discrimination as a whole is unlawful, this Act specifically prohibits disability-based discrimination under certain circumstances. Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provided
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