The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990. The law was enacted in order to protect the civil rights of those with disabilities and to prevent discrimination against them. The goal of the law is to ensure that those with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else when it comes to things like transportation, employment opportunities, housing, and education.
Unfortunately, however, despite the fact the law went into effect nearly 30 years ago, there are still instances where those with disabilities are discriminated against.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, over 3 million disabled Americans can't or don't leave their homes because they are housebound due to a lack of transportation. In cities where there is public transportation, the buses and even the subway systems are not always be accessible. In many cities where there are plenty of taxis, drivers don't always pick up a disabled person trying to hail a cab, simply because they don't want to take the time to accommodate their special needs.
While it is possible to purchase an accessible vehicle to drive, it isn't always a reality as these types of vehicles can be very expensive. Besides that, many people with certain disabilities cannot operate a vehicle.
2. Public Buildings
Stairs inside a public building make it impossible for people in wheelchairs to go up to the next floor. This is also the case when there are steps outside of the building. Even one step can make it impossible for a person in an electric wheelchair to get inside. According to federal law, most businesses are required to provide accessibility for their customers and the general public.
Despite this fact however, many restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, and other types of businesses make it very difficult, if not impossible, for those in wheelchairs to access. When there are stairs inside the facility, the building should have an elevator, but again this is not always the case.
Only 40% of disabled Americans between the ages of 25 to 54 have a job. This is in contrast to 79% of Americans in the same age group who don't have a disability.
While there are many reasons for this, including the lack of accessible transportation and lower education levels, the harsh reality is that those with disabilities are discriminated against while interviewing for the job.
If you have a disability and have been discriminated against in any way, a disability discrimination attorney can help.Share