Americans With Disabilities Act Celebrates 25 Years

by Staff Blogger | September 25th, 2015

On September 14, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. For 25 years, these regulations have helped countless individuals with mental or physical disabilities receive and hold employment. However, experts and officials say there continues to be room for improvement when it comes to preventing discrimination against the disabled.

The Knoxville News Sentinel discusses how many businesses have worked to stay in compliance with rules outlined by the ADA. Some structures have required upgrades in order to accommodate those with disabilities. In cases where accommodations for the disabled cannot be made, the law now requires products and services to be made available to the disabled through other means.

Despite the focus that has been placed on creating businesses that are disability-friendly, data indicates that many disabled citizens continue to struggle to gain employment. In fact, 40 percent of homeless individuals suffer from a disability.

Many organizations have worked to raise awareness about this issue as we celebrate a quarter century of the ADA.

At Ponce Law, we have seen first hand how the ADA has had a positive impact on the lives of our friends and neighbors. Our Nashville personal injury lawyers are excited to celebrate the ADA’s anniversary, and we hope to see the law continue to have a positive influence on the lives of Americans.