The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law by President Bush on July 26, 1990, is viewed by many as the most significant civil rights legislation since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. As a result of census data, national polls, and other studies, there was a recognition that persons with disabilities, as a group, have been relegated to an inferior status in all realms of society. Thus, persons with disabilities have been, and remain, severely disadvantaged in achieving social interactions and vocational, economic and educational goals. The enactment of the ADA seeks to provide persons with disabilities the power they have been denied for so long: the power to achieve equal opportunities, full participation in society, independent living status, and economic self-sufficiency.
Kathe A. Klare,
Disability Law Compliance Manual,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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