The Positive Legacy of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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ThePositive Legacy of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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ThePositive Legacy of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Onthe 26thday of July in the year 1990, the movement for the rights of thedisabled people achieved its hard-foughtdream of ensuring that this group of people achievesequality. On this day, President George Bush Sr. appended hissignature to make the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) intolaw1.Since then, this Act has seen tremendous improvements in variouspublic sectors sharing of resources, equal treatment of people,nationaltransport, education, public appointments among others. Theinvolvement of the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) hasalso seen tremendous changes as far as people with disabilities areconcerned. In this regard, some of the legacies of ADA since itsinception are to beevaluatedas aconvincingaspect of its need. These legacies include improvedcivic engagements, increased opportunities for employment, wideavailability of adaptive products, prevention of acts ofdiscrimination, reasonable accommodations, and many others.

TheADA legislation encompasses the disabled people’s right to engagein public and political life including the right to vote2.Before the 1970s and the legislation, these people wereengagedon charitybasis,but this has currently changed to a human right perspective. Advocacyand technology have been atthe forefront in fostering change. In the 2016 US general elections,all people with disabilities who were eligible to vote engaged in theexercise. Moreover, other countries have adopted this move to helpimprove the rights ofthis group.

Manyfirms and institutions have been compelled to accommodate thedisabled individuals. As such, some of the jobs aresecuredfor them. For instance, an individual named Jenny-Lay Flurriehad developed deafness and was animportantasset for Microsoft. However, Microsoft adjusted in a bid to helpher. Currently, she is the Director of Trusted Experiences Team(TExT)after being given hearing aids. This case and many others have seendisabled people get employment and hold managerial positions indiversefirms. The logic is that these people have talent and theircontribution to the economy has been increasingly positive3.

Adaptiveproducts are made specifically for the disabled people to help themthrive in the environment. Examples of theseequipmentinclude wheelchairs, hearing aids, dressing sticks, walking sticks,brailsamong others. America is one of the leading nations that have madelife easier for this group. As such, the disabled individuals areable toperform normalfunctions just like the others.

Initially,the people with disabilities weresubjectedto unnecessary and painful acts of discrimination in various settingslike schools, parks, entertainment joints, social halls among others.Since ADA wasintroduced,the US justice department has reported a reduction in such cases.Therefore, the people who live with disabilities have been able topeacefully mingle with other members of the society.This achievement has been possible with the introduction of ADA.

Furthermore,the building and construction sector has metamorphosed to include theneeds of people with disabilities. Currently, all buildings aresupposed to have handrails and stair lifts to help this group easilyreach their destinations. As such, their operations have been swiftin the current years. Most importantly, the ratio of disabled peoplein the US public service has improved and many creditthis to ADA. Therefore, it was a brilliant and bold move for the US4.

Inconclusion, ADA was signed into law by President George H.W Bush in1990. It stipulates some important aspects that all sum up toequality in public participation and other areas. Since then, ADA hasachieved milestones that have been to the advantage of the disabledpeople. Some of the achievements include increased employmentopportunities, participation in civic duties, improved adaptiveequipment, reduced discriminatory activities and many other positiveimpacts. As such, ADA was the only medicine for a group that wasoppressedfor long, and it is continuously healing their tragedy.

References

Bush,George. 1990. Statementon the Signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.July 26. Accessed March 29, 2017.http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=18712.

Harris,Eric Allen. 2014. &quotThe Americans With Disabilities Act: EqualOpportunity for Individuals With Disabilities, in Some LargeBusinesses, in Some Major Cities, Sometimes.&quot Universityof Pittsburgh Law Review69: 657-674.

1 Bush, george. 1990. Statement on Signing the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. July 26. Accessed March 29, 2017. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=18712

2 Harris, Eric Allen. 2014. &quotThe Americans With Disabilities Act: Equal Opportunity for Individuals With Disabilities, in Some Large Businesses, in Some Major Cities, Sometimes.&quot University of Pittsburgh Law Review 69: 657-674.

3 Bush, george. 1990. Statement on Signing the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. July 26. Accessed March 29, 2017. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=18712.

4 Harris, Eric Allen. 2014. &quotThe Americans With Disabilities Act: Equal Opportunity for Individuals With Disabilities, in Some Large Businesses, in Some Major Cities, Sometimes.&quot University of Pittsburgh Law Review 69: 657-674.