The American With Disabilities Act Case Study

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Before the American with Disabilities Act, there were other laws passed in order to improve with quality of life for those with disabilities; acts such as the education for all handicapped children, which ensured that all children even those with disabilities, had a free public education. According to Minor and Minor the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, which focused on accessibility to and within federal buildings (2014 Chapter 1, p.8). The American with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Revised ADA regulations Implementing Title II and Title III Retrieved states that The American with Disabilities Act was officially signed into law in 1990;the ADA prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, …show more content…
The ADA regulates that architectural designs must accommodate a broad spectrum of disabilities resulting from a range of impairments (Minor, & Minor, Chapter 1 p.8). Certain architectural designs that must be meet are certain width of hallways and door openings, stall size for bathrooms that vary based on how the door opens, railing and step height among others. As a clinician you should know architectural regulations to make sure that the treatment facility is functional and safe environment for anyone with a disability. According to Schmitz, (as cited in O’Sullivan, Chapter 9, 2014 pp 370-371) Physical therapist can be effective advocates; they have important knowledge and skills, which allow them to provide input into the initial planning or modification of barrier free …show more content…
According to the American Physical Therapy Association an important component of patient interventions involve teaching the patient appropriate ways to move or perform particular tasks to prevent further injury and to promote health and wellness (http://www.apta.org/PTACareers/Profiles/). As a physical therapist assistant it is part of the job to not only help patients obtain muscle strength and range of motion but, also to help patients become motivated and build their confidence that they will be able to perform certain task, based on each individuals

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