• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family

  • By: Cecily Lynn Betz
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990 by President George H. Bush to ensure individuals with disabilities had the same rights and protections as individuals without disabilities. One or more family members who have a disability may experience discrimination or violations of their civil rights because of their disability. For example, an individual with a disability who applies for a job may not be hired even though highly qualified for the position—based on the employer's concern for the costs of instituting workplace accommodations. In another situation, an adult daughter may be unable to take her elderly mother shopping at a local retail store—aisles are not wide enough to accommodate her mother's wheelchair. A young mother is unable to take her ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles