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This summer, we invite you to remember the significance of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ABLE Tech, a Sponsored Program in the Department of Wellness, provides services to Oklahomans with disabilities to improve access to education, employment, home, and community. For nearly one out of five individuals, disability is just a part of who they are. It is critical that individuals with disabilities are afforded the same opportunities to improve health, wellness, education, and employment that others have.
The ADA is a civil rights law signed by George H.W. Bush in 1990. While the ADA has brought about significant improvements such as universally designed curb cuts and people first language, there are still improvements needed such as increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities. The unemployment rate for Oklahomans with disabilities is 75% as compared to 35.8% of individuals without disabilities. Programs such as Oklahoma ABLE Tech, the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, higher education institutions, and CareerTech can help prepare individuals with disabilities with the needed skills to find employment. For more information about the history of the ADA and the countdown to the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 2015, explore the ADA Anniversary Tool Kit at www.adaanniversary.org.
Celebrate and Share the ADA
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability or have a relationship or association with an individual with a disability. An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA 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. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.
Understanding the Laws
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The purpose of this manual is to provide state and local organizations assistance in developing programs and procedures that will help guide the day-to-day operations of DME reuse programs. This manual may be customized to fit the specific needs and policies of any program.
This manual was created with information from the Pass It On Center, a national collaboration for reutilization and coordination of assistive technology based in Atlanta, GA. For tips and resources from representatives of the national reuse community, visit Pass It On Center’s online Knowledge Base at www.passitoncenter.org.
Tips and resources to assist individuals, organizations, and employers in creating emergency preparedness plans that take into account the needs of people with disabilities.