Americans with Disabilities Act

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Americans with Disabilities Act,

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rights that a nation's inhabitants enjoy by law. The term is broader than "political rights," which refer only to rights devolving from the franchise and are held usually only by a citizen, and unlike "natural rights," civil rights have a legal as well as a
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 law, enacted 1990, that forbids discrimination of various sorts against persons with physical or mental handicaps. Its primary emphasis is on enabling these persons to enter the job market and remain employed, but it also outlaws most physical barriers in public accommodations, transportation, telecommunications, and government services. Among the protected class are persons with AIDS and substance abusers who are in treatment. Some 50 million current or potential workers are estimated to be covered by the law's provisions. Studies suggest that the number of disabled persons entering the workforce has not improved significantly, and that a contributing factor may be their reluctance to lose (e.g., because personal income would exceed statutory maximums) other benefits available to them on the basis of their disabilities. The act has already been much litigated. In 1999, for instance, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that correctable conditions like eyesight requiring the use of glasses do not qualify as disabilities under the act, and a 2002 decision established that a disability must limit a person's ability to perform tasks of central importance not just in the workplace but in daily life. In response to some interpretations of the act that narrowed its enforcement, Congress enacted amendments in 2008 that were designed to make the law more inclusive.

Americans with Disabilities Act

A federal law that defines requirements for handicapped access to public facilities, as described in the ADA Guidelines. It requires removal of existing barriers, except any that would be harmful to the historic significance of a structure.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

A federal law, enacted in 1990, requiring that public accommodations be accessible to those having physical disabilities; this law mandates that existing physical barriers be replaced or modified so there are no impediments to access by the physically disabled. For detailed information, write the US Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, 1801 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20507. See American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard A117.1-1992. Also see Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards and physical disability.
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The task force intends to follow up on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and on the WHCLIS recommendations which are expected to receive the full support of Congress.
The Americans with Disabilities Act is the sweeping law responsible for countless changes in American society that make everyday life more livable for our estimated 37.
Gorman presented the Supreme Court with the issue of whether punitive damages can be awarded in a private suit brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act.
Now, religious leaders and the National Organization for Disability (NOD) want to add "accessibility to places of worship" to the Americans with Disabilities Act, to expand the participation for 54 million Americans with disabilities in all aspects of community life.
Accommodations in higher education under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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Company policies may violat the Americans with Disabilities Act, exposing the organization to possible lega action.
Effective as of July 26, employers with 25 or more employees have been required to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is perhaps the most significant recent piece of civil rights legislation passed by Congress.
Written to afford equal opportunities in employment, public accommodations, transportation, government services, and telecommunications, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 represents an unprecedented opportunity to eliminate barriers to independece and productivity for persons with disabilities.
Park Access for All, which includes the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods, the District 11 Council, as well as The Arc of San Francisco, the California Academy of Sciences and the San Francisco Botanical Garden, also question how city leaders can even contemplate Saturday closure of Golden Gate Park when the city is already in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act with its Sunday closure.

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