The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 is the most comprehensive federal civil rights law that protects qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination and provides for equal access and opportunity. Former President George H.W. Bush signed the ADA into law on July 26, 1990.
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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to situations in these five areas, referenced by ADA Titles:
Note: Links go to an external website - ADAportal.org.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against any qualified individual with a disability. Specifically, the ADA protects three categories of individuals:
The ADA does not include a list of covered disabilities under the law. Therefore, to determine if you are covered under the law, you need to determine if you have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity.
The definition of disability does not include simple physical characteristics, common personality traits, or environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantages.
The ADA also excludes coverage for individuals who currently use illegal drugs, certain sexual disorders and preferences, and compulsive gambling, kleptomania, and pyromania.