I was talking to a guy from Canada the other day and he told me there was no equivalent of the Americans with Disabilities Act in his country, and added that I wouldn't believe what a difference it makes.
We are not just talking cutouts in sidewalks here. The rights the folks living with disabilities have in the U.S. we pretty much take for granted now. I'm talking about protecting from job discrimination, accessibility into buildings, and being able to use public transportation, to name a few.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (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 20 years old next month. The American Association of People with Disabilities is celebrating with a series of videos of people in the disability community talking about their experiences with the ADA.Check it out
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