Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), signed into law by President George H. W. Bush, is a federal law that, under certain circumstances, provides civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to the protections afforded individuals on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, and religion. This entry summarizes the key provisions of the ADA and discusses several issues that have arisen in its implementation.

Key Provisions of ADA

The Americans with Disabilities Act, P.L. 101–336, was designed to ensure that the more than 50 million individuals in the United States who have disabilities are protected from discrimination. Considered landmark legislation, the law attempts to balance the needs of people with disabilities with the capacity of businesses, local and state governments, and other ...

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