On July 26, 1990 the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law with the purpose to make America more accessible to people with disabilities. There are five parts to the law:
- Employment – this provides for reasonable accommodations in the work pace for employees and prohibits discrimination of people with disabilities in employment.
- Public Service – this prohibits the denial of services or participation in public programs or activities. This also provides for public transit to be a accessible.
- Public Accommodations – new construction of public buildings must be accessible to people with disabilities. Existing buildings have to make changes if feasible.
- Telecommunications – telecommunications companies must provide telephone relay service to people who use telecom devices for the deaf.
- Miscellaneous – this provides for protection from coercion or retaliation for people with disabilities that assert their rights under the ADA.
There were over 11,000 cases filed under Title III of the ADA in 2019. This was an increase over the previous years. The law has had a significant impact to those with disabilities, but there is still work to be done. Let’s hope that in the next 30 years there won’t be a need for lawsuits in this area.