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Equal Treatment, Equal Access By Layne Weichselbaum “The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 aims to open doors to full participation by providing opportunities for people with disabilities. It fosters social equity and ensures nondiscrimination in all areas of life, including transportation.” By the 1960s, the civil rights movements began to take shape, and disability advocates saw the opportunity to join forces alongside other minority groups to demand equal treatment, access, and opportunity for people with disabilities. Prior to the fulfillment of various disability rights laws, individuals faced an uphill battle to attain…show more content…
This section prohibits organizations receiving federal financial aid from discriminating on the basis of disability. “Because most branches of state or local government receive federal financial assistance, ADA Title II and Section 50 go hand in hand.” Last but not least Title III protects from discrimination and requires proper accessibility at public places, such as lodging, government, restaurants, and healthcare establishments, and places for entertainment and recreation. With Title III, amenities such as handicapped parking spaces and wheelchair ramps became a requirement for the places listed above. It is also requires that almost all human resource professionals, business owners, managers, and educational institutions revise existing policies and procedures when dealing with accommodation requests under the ADA.

Besides the “common” disabilities like mental retardation or being handicapped the ADA acts are also intended to protect those with attention deficit disorder, asthma, or diabetes. In addition to a wide range of disabilities, the ADA also covers a wide range of activities, including but not limited to: “caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, eating, sleeping, concentrating, thinking, communicating, walking, and
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