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NCJ Number: 165512 Find in a Library
Title: Disabled Rights Movement Is Beneficial (From America's Victims: Opposing Viewpoints, P 83-90, 1996, David Bender, Bruno Leone, et al, eds. -- See NCJ-165502)
Author(s): D Wasserman
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: While the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) represents a major step toward ensuring access for the disabled to public and private facilities, the disabled need not only antidiscrimination legislation but also structural accommodation to guarantee their right of access.
Abstract: It is widely agreed that people with disabilities are treated unfairly, that they are the victims of pervasive discrimination, and that they have been denied adequate accommodation in areas ranging from housing construction to hiring practices. The ADA is intended to provide legal recourse by requiring employers, transit systems, and public facilities to modify their operations, procedures, and physical structures to make reasonable accommodation for disabled persons. The ADA recognizes broad exceptions in cases where modifications may result in undue hardship or pose risks to third parties. The ADA's antidiscrimination framework serves several important functions: emphasizes similarities between the treatment of people with disabilities and the treatment of other minorities; encourages society to identify the source of disadvantages experienced by disabled persons; and supports the proposition that accommodating disabled persons is a matter of justice. The ADA has obvious similarities with recent civil rights legislation in that is designed to protect members of a group long subjected to exclusion and prejudice. Provisions of the ADA are discussed in terms of how much society should spend to improve the opportunities of people with disabilities and the recognition of impairments as biological disadvantages.
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Discrimination against disabled persons; Minorities; Persons with Disabilities; Victimization
Note: Opposing Viewpoints Series
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