Americans with Disability Act Essay

318 WordsJun 1, 20152 Pages
Thomas Rodas Revit-1320 Jan-25-2015 Unit 2 Assn. 1 Americans with Disability act at work The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 bars employers from discriminating against employees or applicants with disabilities, in all aspects of employment including hiring, pay, promotion, firing, and more. It also protects employees from retaliation, when they enforce their rights under the law. State and local governments are required to follow specific architectural standards in the new construction and alteration of their buildings. They also must relocate programs or otherwise provide access in inaccessible older buildings, and communicate effectively with people who have hearing, vision, or speech disabilities. They are required to make reasonable modifications to policies, practices, and procedures where necessary to avoid discrimination, unless they can demonstrate that doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program, or activity being provided. This aspect in particular is of extreme importance to many disabled Americans. The ability to survive on their own, not having to be dependent on someone or some group to provide food, clothing or shelter. That is why the Americans with Disabilities Act is the most important precedent set in the struggle to end all discrimination against disabled people. The ADA not only opened the door for millions of Americans to get back into the workplace, it paved the road for new facilities and building design being re-shaped in the workplace, new training programs, and created jobs designed for a disabled society. Successful employment remains a critical issue for people with disabilities, although legislative mandates and a gradual change in attitudes across our culture have brought about some improvement. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 has clarified the legal rights of both
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