Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act?

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in employment, state, and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. It also mandates the establishment of TDD/telephone relay services.

“The ADA represents comprehensive disability civil rights that still are being actively enforced by all the agencies,” said Lee Page, associate advocacy director at Paralyzed Veterans of America. “The ADA is a living and breathing law that will be with us for the rest of time until architectural and employment barriers and other issues are put to rest.”

Paralyzed Veterans of America and the ADA

Paralyzed Veterans helped lead the charge for passage of the act in 1990 and has since fought against efforts to weaken it. Disability advocates like Paralyzed Veterans of America continue to push for needed reforms, from ratifying an international disability treaty to removing architectural, employment and attitudinal barriers for individuals with disabilities.

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