Check out the progress the Americans With Disabilities Act has made in the past three decades and what we still need to do.
REFLECTING ON PROGRESS MADE, AND THE CHALLENGES REMAIN
"Upon its passage in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) established workplace protections, boosted economic self-sufficiency and expanded employment opportunities for millions of people with disabilities. However, disability-rights advocates say employers must do more to create a truly inclusive workplace for these workers—particularly for employees with invisible, or non-apparent, disabilities.
Craig Leen, an attorney with K&L Gates in Washington, D.C., and a former director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), called the ADA a "truly landmark civil rights legislation" for its impact on workers with disabilities. "It provided individuals with disabilities the broad legal right to access public spaces, housing, government, employment, education and other social services," he said. "The ADA also provided a framework for ensuring access and requesting accommodations that facilitates workers with disabilities being able to thrive in employment."
MUCH MORE TO DO
"The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law 33 years ago on July 26, 1990, finally offering federal discrimination protections to people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations and more. Yet discrimination against people with disabilities — including in the workplace — persists.
Americans with disabilities continue to face higher unemployment rates than their non-disabled peers, and a recent survey of 3,000 workers from the employment platform Monster found that 17% of workers had experienced discrimination due to their disability, either in the job application process or in the workplace." Learn more
DIGITAL ACCESS NEEDS TO IMPROVE
Check out the video piece on the digital progress that still needs to improved upon.