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Celebrations of the July 26, 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by President George H. Bush took place across the nation during the week of July 21-27, 2014.
The ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) give civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. The ADA and ADAAA also assure equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities for access to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications.
ADA Legislation Update 7.23.14
This week there were two events that have the potential to further the rights and inclusion of individuals with disabilities into society here and across the globe. Wednesday, the President signed the Workforce Opportunity and Innovation Act, which will provide additional supports, training, and services to those with disabilities.
Also on Wednesday, a Senate subcommittee passed the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, to be considered by the full Senate. This treaty, already signed by 146 other countries, provides a standard of inclusion in society for those with disabilities.
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
Law Fact Sheets:
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.