The time is at hand for reality to replace expectation as the employment provisions of the federal mandate not to discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act (the "ADA"), are now the law of the land. A new era of rights, responsibilities, and opportunities dawned for private and governmental employers, and disabled persons when the rules of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") went into effect on July 26, 1992. A practical, common sense utilization of institutional solutions complemented by individualized applications, not ad hoc reactions, is essential. Other- wise employers' worst fears will be realized and the euphoria in the community of disabled persons will be dashed on the rocks of frustrated, raised expectations.
Charles D. Goldman,
Americans with Disabilities Act: Dispelling the Myths. A Practical Guide To EEOC's Voodoo Civil Rights and Wrongs,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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