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Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is a civil rights act protecting persons with disabilities from discrimination. The ADA follows earlier civil rights legislation that provided similar protections against discrimination on the basis of race, gender, age, and national origin. The ADA is especially significant for ethnic and racial minorities with disabilities, whose experience has been described as a “double whammy” of having to cope with reactions to both race and disability.

The goal of the ADA is equal rights for persons with disabilities and their full inclusion and participation in society. The ADA brings a civil rights approach to persons with disabilities and moves away from seeing persons with disabilities as beneficiaries of charity.

The ADA specifically addresses employment discrimination, discriminatory access to local ...

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