The Americans With Disabilities Act

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In the past, having a disability was seen as a physical imperfection. People with disabilities were treated as moral and social subordinates. We were trained that if a person had a disability they were not able to perform a task with the same ability as a normal person. They have been denied jobs for which they are highly qualified because they have been considered incompetent, or because employers were not comfortable with their presence in the workplace. Occasionally people with certain disabilities have been committed to institutions and facilities because people believed they were incapable of making decisions or caring for themselves or because people did not want to interact with them (Blanck, 2004).
The Americans with Disabilities Act is one of the most significant laws in American History. Before the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) was passed employers were able to deny employment to a disabled worker, simply because he or she was disabled. With no other reason other than the person’s physical disability were they turned away or released from a job (Acemoglu & Angrist, 2001). The ADA prevents discrimination by establishing rules and regulations designed to protect persons with physical disabilities. When this act was signed in 1990 it changed the range of opportunities available for those disabled. The social implications surrounding individuals in the workforce with disabilities can be assessed on many levels.
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