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What is the Americans With Disabilities Act?

Passed by a bi-partisan Congress more than 20 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) stands testament to America’s ability to uphold the values on which it was founded. The ADA protects the rights of people with disabilities in areas such as employment, access to public services, and private establishments.

What makes the ADA important?

Beyond the 54 million, or one in every five, Americans who are currently living with disabilities, the ADA is important to nearly every person of this country. Whether someone is wounded in combat, an accident, or continuing to age, the chances of developing a disability or a family member developing a disability at some point in their life are overwhelmingly high. With such odds, we should all find comfort in knowing that there are laws in place that aim to help us enjoy the same goods, services, and opportunities are enjoyed by those who are not living with a disability.

Who does the ADA protect?

 The ADA protects three classes of people with disabilities:

  1. Those who have a disability
  2. Those who have a record of having a disability
  3. Those who are regarded as having a disability, whether or not they actually have one, if their being perceive as having one results in discrimination

Under the ADA, a disability can be a physical or mental health impairment that substantially limits a major life activity, such as walking, seeing, hearing, learning, breathing, caring for oneself, or working.

If you or someone you know has been denied access to goods or services on account of disability, contact our office today.