History of the Americans With Disabilities ActHistory of the Americans with Disabilities Act from a Managers Point of View.Troy R. HeilmanColumbia College of Missouri
History of the Americans with Disabilities Act2AbstractIt's been over 25 years since the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, yet many with disabilities still face challenges in the workplace. In this paper we are going to discuss the history of the ADA and what it means for us today, and what were some of the challenges to getting it passed. Title I of the ADA prohibits the discrimination of qualified people with disabilities during the hiring employment process. Another major steps of the ADA is that companies were expected to provide Reasonable Accommodations (RA) for disabled employees. This opened the door for many to oppose the change because this caused for a whole chain reaction that came down to changing our very infrastructure. We will explore some of these growing pains, and discuss how companies and managers, better equip themselves to support disabled workers. Coming to a conclusion that we have come a long way, but we still have great distances to cover to be an all inclusive workforce.Keywords: Americans with Disabilities Act, Disabled Workers, Reasonable Accommodations, Management.
History of the Americans with Disabilities Act3History of the Americans with Disabilities Act from a Managers Point of View.All through American history, we have consistently fought for civil rights and the inclusion for all. However until fairly recently, the disabled community had no real protections from being discriminated against. This group had essentially been forgotten about during all the major civil rights movements. An individual to be labeled as disabled is a person who has a physical or mental impairment that impairs one or more key life activities. [EEOC.GOV/Publications] It wasn't until 1990 that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed and signed by President Bush that they got any real protection. In my paper we will discuss what those protections are, the history of them, and how they have impacted people with disabilities, companies, and managers.The forgotten few of the Civil Rights Movement. Approximately 19% of the U.S. Population or 56.7 Million people were listed as having adisability as of 2010. [Census.gov/newsroom] This is nearly 1 in 5 Americans, yet until 1990, they had no employment protections, and had previously been left out of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's. There was no real protection for those who had disabilities, and people on the local and state levels began seeing pushback from people being discriminated against due to their disabilities. In 1978 an advisory body to the Dept. of Health, Education and Welfare Rehabilitation by the Comprehensive Services and Disability act of 1978 was created and titled the National Council on the Handicapped. Later on, it was transitioned to an
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- Spring '16
- Jane Leclair
- Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990