Discrimination Of A Qualified Individual Essay

1057 Words Oct 17th, 2015 5 Pages
Often times there is discrimination of a qualified individual because of his or her disability. It prohibits that person from receiving equal opportunity and treatment in the job field. The ADA states that all state, government and local employers must treat all qualified individuals equally. In the 1970’s, people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities started to challenge their communities’ rules and regulations that prohibited them from being included in things that naturally people with disabilities were excluded from. The process all started with the accommodation of people with disabilities to be able to live in the community and not institutionalized. Many of thousands of people fought for such law in order to create equality. Similar to this act, Section 504 of the Rehab act also fought for equality for people with disabilities. This act states “no otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States shall solely on the basis of his handicap, be excluded from the participation, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” (Cone) Section 504 of the Rehab act allowed a pathway for other acts that supported people with disabilities to come about, such as the ADA in 1990. Both these acts played an important role in equalizing rights of the disabled. Sen. Hubert Humphry once stated “the time has come to firmly establish the right of disabled Americans to…

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