- Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 [http://finduslaw.com/americans_with_disabilities_act_of_1990_ada_42_u_s_code_chapter_126 Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990] ] (ADA) is the short title of
United States(USStatute|101|336|104|327|1990|07|26), codified at usc|42|12101 et seq. It was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H. W. Bush, and later amended with changes effective January 1, 2009. [ cite web| title= President Bush Signs ADA Changes into Law | date= 2008-09-25 | publisher= HR.BLR.com | url= http://hr.blr.com/news.aspx?id=78926 ] The ADA is a wide-ranging civil rightslaw that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discriminationbased on disability. It affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilitiesas the Civil Rights Act of 1964[ [http://finduslaw.com/civil_rights_act_of_1964_cra_title_vii_equal_employment_opportunities_42_us_code_chapter_21 Civil Rights Act of 1964] ] , which made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal. Disability is defined as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity." The determination of whether any particular condition is considered a disability is made on a case by case basis. Certain specific conditions are excluded as disabilities, such as current substance abuse and visual impairment which is correctable by prescription lenses.
On September 25, 2008, President George W. Bush signed into law the The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). It is intended to give broader protections for disabled workers and "turn back the clock" on court rulings which Congress deemed too restrictive. cite web| title= ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA)— What Employers Need to Know | year= 2008 | publisher= HR.BLR.com | url= http://www.blr.com/information-ada/ ] The ADAAA includes a list of impairments to "major life activities".
Title I - Employment
The ADA states that a "covered entity" shall not discriminate against "a qualified individual with a disability". This applies to job application procedures, hiring, advancement and discharge of employees, worker's compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. "Covered entity" can refer to an
employment agency, labor organization, or joint labor-managementcommittee, and is generally an employer engaged in interstate commerce and having 15 or more workers. Discrimination, among other things, may include limiting or classifying a job applicant or employee in an adverse way, denying employment opportunities to people who truly qualify, or not making reasonable accommodations to the known physical or mental limitations of disabled employees, not advancing employees with disabilities in the business, and/or not providing needed accommodations in training. Employers can use medical entrance examinations for applicants, after making the job offer, only if "all" applicants (regardless of disability) must take it, and if it is treated as a confidential medical record. "Qualified individuals" do not include any employee or applicant who is currently engaging in the illegal use of drugs when that usage is the basis for the employer's actions. [usc|42|12111]
Part of Title I was found unconstitutional by the
United States Supreme Courtin the case of " Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama v. Garrett" as violating the sovereign immunityrights of the several states as specified by the Eleventh Amendment to the United States Constitution. The provision allowing private suits against states for money damageswas invalidated.
Title II - Public Services (and public transportation)
Title II has two sections. One covers public agencies (local, county, state, etc., government and their units). That section generally requires the agencies to comply with regulations similar to
Section 504of the Rehabilitation Act. These rules cover access to all programs offered by the entity. Access includes physical access described in the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards or the ADA Standards for Accessible Design and access that might be obstructed by discriminatory policies or procedures of the entity.
Covington vs. McNeese" is one well-publicized case involving discrimination under Title II. This case received international attention and caused an uproar when the president of McNeese State University, a Lake Charles, Louisianapublic school, argued that the disabled had no fundamental right to access the campuses of public universities. [http://www.mcneeselawsuit.com McNeeseLawsuit.com]
The other section of Title II is specific to public transportation provided by public entities. It includes the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, along with all other commuter authorities. This section requires the provision of paratransit services by public entities.
Both sections state that a "public entity" can be any state or local government or any department or agency thereof. The lack of accessibility or certain services can be considered discrimination, regardless of who it actually affects. For example, a lack of wheelchair accessibility in passenger cars, or even the leasing of wheelchair inaccessible ones without a "good faith" attempt to lease wheelchair accessible ones is considered discrimination under the ADA and the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973. [usc|42|12131]
Title III - Public Accommodations (and Commercial Facilities)
Under Title III, no individual may be discriminated against on the basis of disability with regards to the full and equal
enjoymentof the goods, services, facilities, or accommodations of any place of "public accommodation" by any person who owns, leases (or leases to), or operates a place of "public accommodation". "Public accommodations" include most places of lodging (such as inns and hotels), recreation, transportation, education, and dining, along with stores, care providers, and places of public displays, among other things. This implies the presence of an ADA Compliance Kitin places of "public accommodations".
Most of the lawsuits filed under Title III of the ADA deal with the physical conditions or "accessibility" of physical places. Under Title III of the ADA, all "new construction" (construction, modification or alterations) after the effective date of the ADA (approximately July of 1992) must be fully compliant with the
Americans With Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines("ADAAG") found in the Code of Federal Regulationsat 28 C.F.R., Part 36, Appendix "A."
Perhaps even more importantly is the fact that Title III also has application to already existing facilities. One of the definitions of "discrimination" under Title III of the ADA is a "failure to remove" architectural barriers in existing facilities. See uscsub|42|12182|b|2|A|iv.
This means that even facilities that have not been modified or altered in any way after the ADA was passed still have obligations. The standard is whether "removing barriers" (typically defined as bringing a condition into compliance with the ADAAG) is "readily achievable," defined as "easily accomplished without much difficulty or expense."
The statutory definition of "readily achievable" calls for a
balancing testbetween the cost of the proposed "fix" and the wherewithal of the business and/or owners of the business. Thus, what might be "readily achievable" for a sophisticated and financially capable corporation might not be readily achievable for a small "mom-n-pop" outfit.
There are exceptions to this title; many private clubs and religious organizations may not be bound by Title III. With regard to historic properties (those properties that are listed or that are eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, or properties designated as historic under State or local law), those facilities must still comply with the provisions of Title III of the ADA to the "maximum extent feasible" but if following the usual standards would "threaten to destroy the historic significance of a feature of the building" then alternative standards may be used. Nonetheless, as
Frank Bowepredicted when he testified as the lead witness on Title III in the Senate hearings leading up to enactment, the fact that Title III calls for accessibility in, and alterations to, many thousands of stores, restaurants, hotels, etc., in many thousands of communities across the U.S. means that this Title probably has had more effect on the lives of more Americans with disabilities than any other ADA title. [usc|42|12162]
Title IV - Telecommunications
Title IV of the ADA amended the landmark
Communications Act of 1934primarily by adding section usc|47|225. This section requires that all of the 1,600 some-odd telecommunications companies in the U.S. take steps to ensure functionally equivalent services for consumers with disabilities, notably those who are deaf or hard of hearing and those with speech impairments. When Title IV took effect in the early 1990s, it led to installation of public Teletypewriter(TTY) machines and other TDDs ( Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). Title IV also led to creation, in all 50 States and the District of Columbia, of what were then called dual-party relay services and now are known as Telecommunications Relay Services(TRS). Today, many TRS-mediated calls are made over the Internet by consumers who use broadband connections. Some are Video Relay Service(VRS) calls, while others are text calls. In either variation, communication assistants translate between the signed/typed words of a consumer and the spoken words of others. In 2006, according to the Federal Communications Commission(FCC), VRS calls averaged two million minutes a month.
Title V - Miscellaneous Provisions
Title V includes technical provisions. It discusses, for example, the fact that nothing in the ADA amends, overrides or cancels anything in
Section 504. [usc|42|12187]
Major life activities
Disability is, in the ADA, defined as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity." The
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission(EEOC) was charged with interpreting the 1990 law with regard to discrimination in employment. Its regulations narrowed "substantially limits" to "significantly or severely restricts".
In 2008, effective January 1, 2009, the ADAAA broadened the interpretations and added to the ADA examples of "major life activities" including, but not limited to, "caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, and working" as well as the operation of several specified "major bodily functions". The Act overturns a 1999 U.S. Supreme Court case holding that mitigating measures had to be considered in determining whether an impairment substantially limited a major life activity; it specifically provides that such impairment must be determined without considering such ameliorative measures. Another court restriction overturned is the interpretation that an impairment that substantially limits one major life activity must also limit others to be considered a disability.
According to "Business & Legal Reports, Inc.", more employees will now fit within the definition of disabled under the ADA. The House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor states that the amendment "makes it absolutely clear that the ADA is intended to provide broad coverage to protect anyone who faces discrimination on the basis of disability." Cite web | author= House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor | title= The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 | url= http://edlabor.house.gov/issues/adaaa.shtml#1 ]
Groups that worked to pass the ADA
The ADA (1990) is notable because many disparate groups came together for a common purpose. In addition, other
civil rightsgroups outside the disability community helped. The late Justin Dartworked tirelessly, traveling to all fifty states, to bring these groups together.
AIDS Action Council
AIDS National InterFaith Network
American Civil Liberties Union
American Foundation for the Blind
Americans Disabled for Accessible Public Transit(ADAPT)
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Handicapped
Association for Retarded Citizens
Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
Eastern Paralyzed Veterans of America
Epilepsy Foundation of America
Human Rights Campaign Fund
Institution for Rehabilitation and Research
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Legal Action Center
Mental Health Law Project
National Association of the Deaf
National Association of Developmental Disabilities Councils
National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems
National Center for Law and the Deaf
National Council of Independent Living
National Council on Disability
National Disability Action Center
National Organization Responding to AIDS
National Organization on Disability
Paralyzed Veterans of America
President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality
Spina Bifida Association of America
United Cerebral Palsy Association
ADA Watch/National Coalition for Disability Rights, Air Force Association, Air Force Sergeants Association, Air Force Women Officers Associated, Alpha-1 Association, Alpha-1 Foundation, ALS Association, Alzheimer's Association, American Association for Affirmative Action, American Association for Respiratory Care, American Academy of Nursing, American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), American Association of University Women, American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, American Bakers Association, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), American Council of the Blind, American Diabetes Association, American Federation of Government Employees – Veterans Council, American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Unions (AFL-CIO), American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), American Federation of Teachers (AFT), American Foundation for the Blind, American Foundry Society, American Jewish Committee, American Kidney Fund, American Liver Foundation, American Lung Association, American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, American Physical Therapy Association, American Psychological Association, American Society of Employers, AMVETS, Anti-Defamation League, APSE: The Network on Employment, Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, The Arc of the United States, Arthritis Foundation, Asian American Justice Center, Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Association of Jewish Family & Children's Agencies, Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Autism Society of America, The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, B’nai B’rith International, Brain Injury Association of America, Breast Cancer Network of Strength, Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association, Care4Dystonia Inc., Center for Women Policy Studies, Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, CIGNA Corporation, Coleman Global Telecommunications - LLC, Community Action Partnership, Community Health Charities of America, Control Technology Inc., COPD Foundation, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR), Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, Disabled American Veterans, Disability Policy Consortium Inc., Easter Seals, Eastman Chemical, Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States, Epilepsy Foundation, Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research,Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind Inc., Hearing Loss Association of America, Heat Transfer Equipment Company, Higher Education Consortium for Special Education, HR Policy Association, Human Rights Campaign, Huntington's Disease Society of America, Hydrocephalus Association, International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies, International Franchise Association, International Paper Company, Japanese American Citizens League, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Koller-Craft Plastic Products, The LAM Foundation, Lambda Legal, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA), The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lupus Foundation of America, March of Dimes, Mental Health America, Military Officers Association of America, Motorola, Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund Inc., National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), National Alopecia Areata Foundation, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), National Association for Black Veterans, National Association for Employment of People who are Blind (NAEPB), National Association for Uniformed Services, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors, National Association of Governors’ Committees on People with Disabilities (NAGC), National Association of Human Rights Workers, National Association of Manufacturers, National Association of Social Workers, National Association of State Directors of Special Education, National Association of State Head Injury Administrators, National Association of the Deaf, National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), National Congress of Black Women Inc., National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, National Council of Churches in the USA, National Council of Jewish Women, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), National Down Syndrome Congress, National Down Syndrome Society, National Education Association (NEA), National Employment Lawyers Association, National Fair Housing Alliance, National Family Caregivers Association, National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA), The National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias, National Health Council, National Health Law Program, National Industries for the Blind (NIB), National Kidney Foundation, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, National Marfan Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Organization for Women, National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS), National Psoriasis Foundation, National Women’s Law Center, Naval Reserve Association, Nevadans for Equal Access Inc., NISH, Non-Commissioned Officers Association, Northwestern Mutual, Organization of Chinese Americans, Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, Our Children Left Behind, The Paget Foundation, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, Precision Metalforming Association, Prevent Blindness America, Reserve Enlisted Association, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, Ryder System Inc., SEIU – Service Employees International Union, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation, Society of Human Resource Management, Spina Bifida Association, Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children, Textile Rental Services Association of America, United Cerebral Palsy, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, United Methodist Church - General Board of Church and Society, United Jewish Communities, United Spinal Association, Uniweld Products Inc, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Psychiatric Association, Us TOO International, Veterans of Modern Warfare,Vietnam Veterans of America, Women of Reform Judaism, The Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring, and the World Institute on Disability
Many of the standards mandated by the national government for the ADA were first incorporated by
Ruthe B. Cowl, who established and operated the Cowl Rehabilitation Center in Laredo, Texasfrom 1959until her death in 2008. [ [http://www.laredosnews.com/archives/april2002/bussines_05.html :: Laredos.net :: - Bussines ] ]
On signing the measure,
George H. W. Bushsaid:
The ADA is a frequent target of criticism. For example, some claim that individuals who are diagnosed with one of the so-called "lesser disabilities," such as minor neck or back pain (see
neuropathy) are being "accommodated" when they should not be.Fact|date=May 2008
Second, the public accommodation section of the ADA is often criticized for creating "professional plaintiffs" who make a living out of
collectingmonetary damages from noncompliant businesses.Fact|date=May 2008 As violations of Title III are widespreadClarifyme|date=May 2008, and compliance is determined by a highly technical set of comprehensive federal regulations, it is easy for persons with disabilities and lawyers to identify businesses to sue for major and/or minor violations of the law. One Miamiattorney filed 700 complaints in a three-year period, typically settling each case for $3000 to $5000 in attorney's fees and a promise to remedy the violation.Fact|date=May 2008
However, the ADA allows private plaintiffs to receive only
injunctive relief(a court order requiring the public accommodation to remedy violations of the accessibility regulations) and attorneys' fees, and does not provide monetary rewards to private plaintiffs who sue non compliant businesses. Unless a state law, such as the California Unruh Civil Rights Act, provides for monetary damages to private plaintiffs, persons with disabilities do not obtain direct financial benefits from suing businesses that violate the ADA.
Thus, "professional plaintiffs" are typically found in states that have enacted state laws that allow private individuals to win monetary awards from non compliant businesses. The attorneys' fees provision of Title III does provide incentive for lawyers to specialize and engage in serial ADA litigation, but a disabled plaintiff does not obtain financial reward from attorneys' fees unless they act as their own attorney.
Moreover, there is benefit to these "private attorneys general" who identify and compel the correction of illegal conditions: they increase the number of public accommodations accessible to persons with disabilities.
Even those who support the intent of the law worry that it might have
unintended consequences. Among other arguments, supporters hypothesize that the Act creates additional legal risks for employers who then quietly avoid hiring people with disabilities to avoid this risk. And such researchers (e.g., DeLeire, 2000; Acemoglu & Angrist, 2001)Fact|date=July 2008 claim to have documented a sharp drop in employment among Individuals with a disability after passage of the Act (see Schwochau & Blanck for counter arguments)Fact|date=July 2008.
The ADA did not come with a guide for how employees and employers should apply the Act to
mental disabilities. Psychologist Dr. John Fielder (1994) wrote a manual for employers that has been used by many parties concerned with issues of cognitive disabilities.Fact|date=May 2008
Others (see Schall, 1998) believe that the law has been ineffectual. Many peopleWho|date=April 2008 think that one of the major flaws or weaknesses of the Americans with Disabilities Act is that it puts almost the entire burden of enforcement on individual persons with disabilities.
Thousands of people have submitted requests to the Department of Justice for investigation of barriers in older buildings and design and construction errors in brand new facilities. Most of these are ignored, because even if the government wanted to investigate all of them, they lack the staff or budget to do so.Fact|date=April 2008
Most business owners realized after a while that there was little chance that the DOJ would come after them, and thus put off making changes to remove barriers. In most cases of uncooperative businesses, individuals must hire an attorney and bring a civil suit.
Another criticism by John D. Wilker is that the act limits the ability of businesses to make their own choices when it comes to employees.
ADA case law
There have been some notable cases regarding the ADA. For example, a major hotel room marketer with its business presence on the Internet is being sued because its customers with disabilities cannot reserve hotel rooms through its website without substantial extra efforts that persons without disabilities are not required to perform [ [http://www.dralegal.org/search/ Disability Rights Advocates] ] . These represent a major potential expansion of the ADA in that this, and other similar suits (known as "bricks vs. Clicks"), seeks to expand the ADA's authority to cyberspace where entities may not have actual physical facilities that are required to comply.
National Federation for the Blind v. Target"
This is a case where a major retailer,
Target Corp., was sued because their web designers failed to design its website to enable persons with low or no vision to use it [ [http://www.dralegal.org/cases/private_business/nfb_v_target.php National Federation for the Blind v. Target] at Disability Rights Advocates]
Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama v. Garrett"
Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama v. Garrett, 531 U.S. 356 (
2001), was a United States Supreme Court case about Congress's enforcement powers under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. It decided that Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Actwas unconstitutional insofar as it allowed states to be sued by private citizens for money damages.
Another example, "
Barden v. The City of Sacramento", filed in March 1999, claimed that the City of Sacramento failed to comply with the ADA when, while making public street improvements, it did not bring its sidewalks into compliance with the ADA. Certain issues were resolved in Federal Court. One issue, whether sidewalks were covered by the ADA, was appealed to the 9th Circuit Court of Appealswhich ruled that sidewalks were a "program" under ADA and must be made accessible to persons with disabilities. The ruling was later appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court which refused to hear the case, letting stand the ruling of the 9th Circuit Court. [ [http://www.dralegal.org/cases/public_entities/barden_v_sacramento.php Barden v. Sacramento] from Disability Rights Advocates] .
Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd."
This was a case that was decided by the
United States Supreme Courtin 2005. The defendant argued that as a vessel flying the flag of a foreign nation was exempt from the requirements of the ADA. This argument was accepted by a federal court in Florida and, subsequently, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. However, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the ruling of the lower courts on the basis that Norwegian Cruise Lines was a business headquartered in the United States whose clients were predominantly Americans and, more importantly, operated out of port facilities throughout the United States.
Olmstead, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Human Resources, et al. v. L. C., by zimring, guardian ad litem and next friend, et al."
This was a case before the
United States Supreme Courtin 1999. The two plaintiffs L.C. and E.W. were institutionalized in Georgia for diagnosed mental retardation and schizophrenia. Clinical assessments by the state determined that the plaintiffs could be appropriately treated in a community setting rather than the state institution. The plaintiffs sued the state of Georgia and the institution for being inappropriately treated and housed in the institutional setting rather than being treated in one of the state's community based treatment facilities.
The Supreme Court decided under Title II of the ADA that mental illness is a form of disability and therefore covered under the ADA, and that unjustified institutional isolation of a person with a disability is a form of discrimination because it "perpetuates unwarranted assumptions that persons so isolated are incapable or unworthy of participating in community life." The court added that "confinement in an institution severely diminishes the everyday life activities of individuals, including family relations, social contacts, work options, economic independence, educational advancement, and cultural enrichment."
Therefore, under Title II no person with a disability can be unjustly excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of services, programs or activities of any public entity. [ [http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/98-536.ZS.html OLMSTEAD V. L. C.] from
Cornell University Law School- Syllabus for the Supreme Court Decision in 1999]
**(Olmstead v. L.C. should not be confused with
Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438 (1928), a case in 1928 regarding wiretapping.)
*Acemoglu, Daron & Angrist, Joshua D. (2001). Consequences of Employment Protection? The Case of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Journal of Political Economy, volume 109 (2001), pages 915–957.
*Bush, George H. W., "Remarks of President George Bush at the Signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act". Available on-line at [http://www.eeoc.gov/ada/bushspeech.html Equal Employment Opportunity Commission] .
*DeLeire, Thomas. (Autumn, 2000). The Wage and Employment Effects of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 35, No. 4, pp. 693-715
*Fielder, J. F. "Mental Disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act." Westport, CT: Quorum Books, 2004.
*Hamilton Krieger, Linda, ed., "Backlash Against the ADA: Reinterpreting Disability Rights" Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003.
*Johnson, Mary. (2000). "Make Them Go Away: Clint Eastwood, Christopher Reeve & The Case Against Disability Rights." Louisville, KY: The Advocado Press.
*Schall, Carol M. (Jun 1998). The Americans with Disabilities Act--Are We Keeping Our Promise? An Analysis of the Effect of the ADA on the Employment of Persons with Disabilities. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, v10 n3 p191-203.
*Schwochau, Susan & Blanck, Peter David. The Economics of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Part III: Does the ADA Disable the Disabled? BERKELEY JOURNAL OF EMPLOYMENT & LABOR LAW [Vol. 21:271]
*Switzer, Jacqueline Vaughn. "Disabled Rights: American Disability Policy and the Fight for Equality". Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2003...
*Weber, Mark C. "Disability Harassment". New York, NY: NYU Press, 2007.
American Disability rights movement
List of disability rights activists— includes a list of people who helped pass the ADA
List of anti-discrimination acts
Disability discrimination act
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1965
ADA Compliance Kit
Individual rights advocate
* [http://www.ada.gov/pcatoolkit/toolkitmain.htm Compliance tool kits from the ADA]
* [http://finduslaw.com/americans_with_disabilities_act_of_1990_ada_42_u_s_code_chapter_126 Navigable text of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 - 42 U.S. Code Chapter 126]
* [http://www.ADAPortal.org Searchable collection of over 7,000 Federal ADA documents]
* [http://www.adata.org Federally-funded technical assistance network]
* [http://aclu.procon.org/viewanswers.asp?questionID=705 Is the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) a good law?]
* [http://www.ericdigests.org/2002-1/ada.html Overview of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504: Update 2001]
* [http://www.ericdigests.org/1996-3/ada.htm Overview of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504]
* [http://www.ericdigests.org/2004-1/people.htm Employment of People with Disabilities]
* [http://www.ericdigests.org/2000-3/web.htm Accessible Web Design]
* [http://www.ericdigests.org/1996-4/testing.htm Testing Students with Disabilities]
* [http://digital.library.unt.edu/govdocs/crs/search.tkl?q=ada&search_crit=title&search=Search&date1=Anytime&date2=Anytime&type=form Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act]
* [http://paratransitwatch.blogspot.com/ Paratransit Watch - Accessible Public Transportation News, Issues, and Resources.]
* [http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/adahom1.htm U.S. Department of Justice] . ADA Info
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