Americans with Disabilities Act Essay

843 WordsMay 16, 20144 Pages
The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H. W. Bush. Just before the Act was passed activists with physical disabilities stormed the nation’s capital. They marched right up to the front steps of the capital, threw down their crutches and abandoned their wheel chairs. Then they proceeded to slowly make their way up the steps. This was said to have inconvenienced some of the law makers, which helped bring the issue to light. The ADA is comprised of 5 different Titles. The first title pertains to employment. It states that no discrimination shall occur during the hiring, promotion or termination of any employee. The ADA defines discrimination as physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. The persons covered under the ADA are generally engaged in interstate commerce and has 15 or more employees. Discrimination could include, but is not limited to, the decision whether or not to hire an individual based solely on the fact that they have a disability, not advancing employees with a disability or not providing the needed accommodations in the training material. Title two of the ADA focuses on public entities as well as public transportation. Entities at the local and state level are covered under this title. The Department of Justice is responsible for making sure that entities are in compliance. In order to be in compliance access must be available to all programs and services offered by the entity. Physical access is included as well as programmatic access. Public transportation provided by public entities are monitored by the Department of Transportation. Housing is also covered under this title, including public housing, assisted housing and housing referrals. Public accommodations are the main focus of title three. This states that any individual must have full and equal
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