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American with Disabilities Act celebrates 25 years

October is recognized as National Disability Employment Awareness Month! The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is celebrating 25 years of service and commitment providing equal and accessible opportunity for Americans with disabilities. The ADA was signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

The ADA was established under the United States Department of Labor to protect and provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the workplace.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the objective is “to promote equal opportunity, full participation, independent living and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities.”

Individuals with disabilities are often negatively stereotyped as “incapable” of meeting job requirements. Employers should focus on the skills and qualifications an individual possesses.

On October 14, the United States Department of Justice reported that agreements were reached “with a number of state and local government employers to remove discriminatory attitudes and barriers in the job application process.”

Individuals are encouraged to disclose their disability with potential employers when applying for employment. The ADA protects individuals from discrimination and requires employers to provide appropriate accommodations.

The Americans with Disabilities Act has improved the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, providing accessibility to all public resources and services. We should never judge people based on their limitations, because it could be their strengths that change the world.

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