The Americans with Disabilities Act Essay

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The Americans with Disabilities Act: Public Awareness Nicholas Yost Social Welfare Policy 4-28-14 Abstract The point of this policy to make people aware of their surroundings; related to mentally or physically disabled individuals. It’s to make people aware that there are people with disabilities and that they should all be shown the same respect as any other person. The discrimination against these individuals is both wrong and immoral. This act is there to prevent these occurrences from happening. Public awareness is a policy so that society knows this act is in place. Goal/Purpose The purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act is to give those with disabilities the ability to live the normal life of an everyday human being. Disability has many definitions but the most commonly accepted is the one produced by the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice defines a disabled person as, “a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment” (DOJ, 09’). This act includes that these individuals cannot be discriminated against in such things like employment, social institutions and in public services. Having discrimination in the work place includes, but is not limited to: not hiring because of the disability, discrimination on the job, and lack of payment to the individual. As an American, it is their right to pursue their happiness and just because they are disabled, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have the right to be able to work if they’re able to do so. Discrimination in social institutions includes, but is not limited to, things such as discrimination in school, courts, or transportation just because they are disabled. These are human beings who deserve to have
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