The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

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The Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law created for individuals with disabilities. It came about from the disability rights movement where thousands of people began fighting against the segregation that people with disabilities were facing. They voiced that these individuals should be treated equally and get the same opportunities as everyone else and fought to make this happen. The ADA “prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public” ( It was created in 1990 and gives equal opportunities and rights for these individuals and allows them to participate in everyday …show more content…
They both protect individuals with disabilities against discrimination and have the same view as to what a disability is. The ADA was based off of Section 504 of the Rehab Act so they overlap one another somewhat but there are also differences between them. The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, public services, and accommodations while Section 504 of the Rehab Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance ( The ADA applies to state and local government funded programs while Section 504 applies to federally funded programs. The ADA has certain exemptions for religious entities while there are no provisions in Section …show more content…
This prohibits private places such as hotels, restaurants, and daycare centers from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. These facilities must remove any barriers that would get in the way of individuals with disabilities if it can be done with little expense. Title four deals with telecommunications. This title requires telephone and Internet companies to provide relay services that allow individuals with speech and hearing disabilities to communicate over the telephone.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to the hiring process, the job, or work environment that allows an individual with a disability to perform the job. Employers must provide necessary accommodations to the individuals unless it is too expensive. The purpose of these accommodations is to allow the individual to have equal opportunities in employment. An example of a reasonable accommodation is if an individual with a visual impairment works on a computer and needs the computer images to be enlarged to see the screen better.
Readily accessible means that a site, work environment, program, or place needs to be easy to enter or move around for individuals with disabilities. Individuals should be able to move around without difficulty. An example would be moving a lounge in a work place into an area that is readily accessible to a person using a

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