The Americans With Disabilities Act ( Ada )

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) strictly “prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, State and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities and transportation.”1 This law, enacted in 1990, was created so that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else in society so that they don’t get left behind. The ADA gives civil rights protections to those with disabilities in a similar way to other characteristics that individuals may have, whether it is race, nationality, gender, age and/or religion.2 The ADA is split into five titles, each having a different sect of society they relate to. Title I refers to employment, meaning that employment opportunities and benefits should be equally accessible for people with or without a disability. Title II refers to state and local government, meaning that any governing body must not discriminate against those with disabilities when it comes to programs, activities or services they offer. This portion ensures that architectural barriers to be identified, such as barriers with public transportation systems. Title III refers to public accommodations including privately owned and operated places such as restaurants, hotels, schools, stadiums, etc. These facilities are required to meet minimum specifications when built and existing buildings must remove any barriers that they can in order to accommodate for people
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