Americans with Disabilities Act

ada signedThe Americans with Disabilities Act was passed on July 26, 1990. It was only 26 years ago that people with disabilities were denied rights that are owed to everyone. Throughout American history people with disabilities were discriminated against. They were denied employment and were forced to live in institutions that separated them from their families. Over time the disability rights movement developed with activists and groups advocating for the basic human rights owed to the disabled population. Acts and amendments were proposed to fix the unconstitutional standards for people with disabilities. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the amended Fair Housing Act (1988) and the education for Handicapped Children Act of Education addressed many issues for people with disabilities and set the path for the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The “Capitol Crawl” on March 12, 1990 was a demonstration where disabled people abandoned their mobility devices and ascended the stairs of the Capital building in order to advocate for the American’s with Disabilities Act. Months later it was passed and so people with disabilities finally gained the rights they were owed. They were to no longer be discriminated against in employment and employers were expected to make reasonable accommodations for workers with disabilities. Public places and transportation were mandated to be easily accessible to people with disabilities. In general, the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against people with Disabilities and allows them to enjoy America’s freedom as everyone else does.