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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 outlaws discrimination against people with disabilities. It is a bold and comprehensive law affecting employment, transportation, services provided by state and local government, services and accommodations offered by private businesses, and telecommunication access for people with communication impairments. This guide devotes one section to each of the law's four Titles. The section on employment (Title I of the ADA) reviews requirements concerning: employers and activities covered, the meaning of a "qualified individual with a disability," the concept of direct threat, pre-employment inquiry about disabilities, medical exams, medical insurance, and rights and remedies. The section on public services (Title II) covers: public service providers, accessibility including reasonable modifications, rules of integration, publicly funded/operated transportation, and rights and remedies. Title III is on public accommodations and covers the general rules and overall requirements, eligibility criteria, auxiliary aids and services, architectural and structural barriers, privately operated transportation, and rights and remedies. Title IV, on telecommunications, explains the ADA's provisions concerning telephone relay services, closed captioning of public service announcements, and rights and remedies. Also noted are miscellaneous provisions and effective dates of the ADA. Appendices list responsible agencies, resources, and parent training and information centers. (DB)

Descriptors: Civil Rights Legislation, Compliance (Legal), Definitions, Disabilities, Disability Discrimination, Employment, Federal Legislation, Legal Responsibility, Private Sector, Public Facilities, Public Sector, Services, Telecommunications, Transportation

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Autor: Goldberg, Daniel; Goldberg, Marge


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