The Americans With Disabilities Act Essay

1339 Words Jan 25th, 2016 6 Pages
Today, more than 60 million people in the United States, approximately one in five, have some type of disability (The Equal Rights Center. n.d.). The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a person with a disability as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. In general, a physical or mental impairment includes hearing, mobility and visual impairments, chronic alcoholism, chronic mental illness, AIDS, AIDS Related Complex, and mental retardation that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Major life activities include walking, talking, hearing, seeing, breathing, learning, performing manual tasks, and caring for oneself (U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, n.d). Even though they have these problems they should be viewed as normal people and not seen differently. People with disabilities should have equal rights and there are laws that are there to ensure that.
People with disabilities face discrimination and barriers that restrict them from participating in society on an equal basis with others every day. They are denied their rights to be included in the general school system, to be employed, to live independently in the community, to move freely, to vote, to participate in sport and cultural activities, to enjoy social protection, to access justice, to choose medical treatment and to enter freely into legal commitments such as buying and selling property (United Nations…

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