Americans with Disabilities Act

To put it shortly the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination of any kind based on disability. This act is similar to the Civil Rights Act that made it illegal to discriminate anyone based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics. The main difference it that the ADA required employers to provide accommodations to the employees with disabilities. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employments, transportation, state and local governments services, and telecommunications. The ADA is divided into five sections.

Title I (Employment)

Equal Employment Opportunity for Individuals with Disabilities

Title II (State and Local Government)

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services

Title III (Public Accommodations)

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability by Public Accommodations and in Commercial Facilities

Title IV (Telecommunications)

Title V (Miscellaneous Provisions)

You can read more about these five sections in detail here

ADA vs. Universal Design

These to concepts are easily confused and have similar ideas. This article does a fabulous job of explaining it and “breaking it down”

In my future career as a teacher I will probably find myself taking into account the use of IDEA the most. Since this act deals with the education of students with disabilities I will need to have a full understanding of what it entails. I have taken into account the use of ADA while working in the public sector and it will always be something that I will have to be aware of as long as I work and interact with people.