The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed by President George Bush in 1990, protects people with disabilities from discrimination in employment, government programs and services, public accommodations, transportation, and telecommunications. The ADA is a landmark civil rights law, with rules on everything from ramps and other building accessibility issues to emergency telephone services, paratransit, workplace accommodations, and more. It seeks to ensure that people with disabilities will have access to the services and buildings -- as well as all of the rights and privileges -- that are vital to public life.

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