Americans with Disabilities Act

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Americans With Disabilities Act

legislation approved by the U.S. Congress in July 1990 that would bar discrimination against persons with physical or mental disabilities in the areas of employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunication. The Act defines disability as a condition that "substantially limits" such activities as walking, seeing, caring for oneself, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working. It applies to persons with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), diabetes, and cancer, as well as to alcoholics and substance abusers undergoing treatment. The law requires employers to make "reasonable accommodations" for workers who are otherwise qualified to carry out their job duties. Other entities affected include educational institutions, which are required to make "reasonable accommodations" for students with disabilities.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Legislation passed in the US in 1990 that was intended to remove the physical barriers and biases in places of public access and in the workplace, that had previously prevented those with physical and mental disabilities–handicaps, 'challenges' from enjoying the full benefits of freedoms guaranteed by the US Constitution. See Barriers, Disabilities. Cf Impairment.

Amer·i·cans with Dis·a·bil·i·ties Act

(ADA) (ă-mer'i-kănz dis'ă-bil'i-tēz akt)
U.S. federal legislation (Public Law 101-336, enacted in 1990) prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities and ensuring equal access to employment, education, public accommodations, transportation, telecommunications, and government services at all levels.

Amer·i·cans with Dis·a·bil·i·ties Act

(ADA) (ă-mer'i-kănz dis'ă-bil'i-tēz akt)
Federal legislation that prohibits discrimination of services or employment opportunities against people with disabilities.
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