Developmental Disability

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Near the end of the year of 2000, Bill Clinton signed the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. President Clinton built upon the legislation written during earlier decades , to improve services for people with developmental disabilities. This act helped support people with disabilities in pursuing paid work, and highlighted the importance of integration and upkeep in accessible technology. https://www.acl.gov/about-acl/authorizing-statutes/developmental-disabilities-assistance-and-bill-rights-act-2000
Four years later in 2004, the Assistive Technology Act was amended. Technology was advancing faster than ever before, and this act required that states provide aid to people with disabilities to ensure they have access
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This act required that all new buildings were to be designed, constructed, altered or leased, must be physically designed to be accessible to those with disabilities. This was of high importance since the act was nationally enforced, which ultimately changed the codes of architecture for the better. https://www.access-board.gov/the-board/laws/architectural-barriers-act-aba Meanwhile in May of 2009, Ed Roberts, a student at the University of California, founded the” Independent Living Center” of Berkeley. This service received national coverage, people were fascinated with how the organization worked by the people for the people and what the program advocated. They even protested against President Nixon when he vetoed earlier versions of the Rehabilitation Act. With the combined efforts of students and the nation, communities started paying attention to what issues people with disabilities faced and how they could help. This included struggles seeking employment, housing, or using transportation. https://www.independentliving.org/docs3/zukas.html What followed was the “Transportation as an Employment Service Movement”, which advocated the importance of transportation and its link to employment or education. This nationally-recognized movement promoted the widespread need of lifts in buses, or elevators in buildings.
In June of 2009, the “Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with
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