Pryor Cashman Celebrates 31 Years Of The ADA And Recognizes Disability Pride Month 2021
To print this article, all you need is to be registered or login on Mondaq.com.
Pryor Cashman joins the chorus of celebrations surrounding
Disability Pride Month. In 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de
Blasio declared July as “Disability Pride Month.”
While the COVID-19 pandemic has postponed the City’s annual
celebrations, many around the city are finding personal ways to
acknowledge the occasion. Numerous cities around the nation have
followed suit to honor the anniversary of landmark
legislation, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which
was signed into law on July 26, 1990. According to the ADA
The Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a
civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals
with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs,
schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are
open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure
that people with disabilities have the same rights and
opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights
protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those
provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national
origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for
individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment,
transportation, state and local government services, and
telecommunications. The ADA is divided into five titles (or
sections) that relate to different areas of public life.
In 2008, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act
(ADAAA) was signed into law and became effective on January 1,
2009. The ADAAA made a number of significant changes to the
definition of “disability.” The changes in the definition
of disability in the ADAAA apply to all titles of the ADA,
including Title I (employment practices of private employers with
15 or more employees, state and local governments, employment
agencies, labor unions, agents of the employer and joint management
labor committees); Title II (programs and activities of state and
local government entities); and Title III (private entities that
are considered places of public accommodation).
Challenges faced by persons with disabilities persist 31 years
after the ADA. Biases and many obstacles to equal access and fair
treatment remain at play in many facets of life. We must all
continue to actively work toward equity and inclusivity for people
with disabilities of all types at all times. Let us continue
to learn and grow together.
Learn more through the resources below.
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
POPULAR ARTICLES ON: Employment and HR from United States