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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.
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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.
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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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ADA also emphasizes that employers may follow "any state, county, or local law, ordinance or regulation applicable to food handling which is designed to protect the public health from individuals who pose a significant risk to the health or safety of others" (Americans With Disabilities Act, 1990h).
Attitudes toward Title I of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 38, 232-248.
The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act further supported 504, and is divided into sections ("Titles"), three of which are developed in this book.
And it directs Attorney General Ashcroft and Secretary Thompson to fully enforce Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and ensure that no one is unjustly institutionalized.
"Our swift action in this case allows Burlington Northern employees subjected to genetic testing to continue to work free of retaliation and future invasions of privacy in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act."
Working effectively with human resource professionals using the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Directions in Rehabilitation Counseling, 10, 11-22.
Due to the Americans with Disabilities Act most camps should be handicapped accessible, making them manageable for senior citizens.
Follow Equal Employment [] [] [] Opportunity (EEO) hiring practices and adhere to the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).
Americans with Disabilities Act: An anti-discrimination law--in effect since July 1992 that entitles qualified, disabled individuals to the same employment consideration as anyone else.
The publicity generated by enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has heightened public awareness of disability discrimination laws.
Libraries have the responsibility to make such information about existing laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, available to them.

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