Americans With Disabilities Act: Looking Back on 20 Years Of Opportunityhttp://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128697147Disabilities debate rages 20 years laterhttp://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/07/26/ada.history/Obama's top disability adviser on ADA's 20th Anniversaryhttp://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/25/AR2010072502435.htmlCould Bush's Americans with Disabilities Act Pass Today?http://politics.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/mary-kate-cary/2010/07/26/could-bushs-americans-with-disabilities-act-pass-today.htmlADA.gov [pdf]http://www.ada.gov/When Ben Mattlin entered Harvard University as a freshman in 1980, the school (like hundreds of other institutions) was required to be accessible to handicapped persons under the terms of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. While the school was able to provide him with some assistance, they did not assign him a roommate, which was socially quite isolating. In 1990, Ben and other handicapped persons received some measure of assistance from the federal government when President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 on July 26. The wide-ranging act required public and private employers with 15 or more employees to make reasonable accommodation for persons with physical or mental impairments, and also banned discrimination against said persons. Many struggles regarding accessibility continue to rage on, and there have been lawsuits filed on behalf of disabled veterans seeking wheelchair seating at the University of Michigan football stadium. Other questions have emerged regarding the use of service animals in a variety of buildings and business establishments, including ducks that calm down people with mental illness or monkeys that predict seizures.The first link will take visitors to an excellent piece from the Detroit Free Press about local residents' struggles with finding adequate accommodation for their disabilities over the years. The second link will take visitors to a bit of reflection from Ben Mattlin, who is also working on a memoir. The third link leads to a thoughtful piece from CNN.com's Philip Rosenbaum on the legacy of the ADA Act, and how it works in practice throughout the United States. Moving on, the fourth link will take interested parties to an interview with Kareem Dale, who serves as President Obama's top disability adviser. The fifth link whisks users away to a post on the U.S. News & World Report's Politics and Policy blog. In the post, Mary Kate Cary ruminates on whether or not the act would pass today. The final link leads to the official ADA homepage, which includes information about the act, along with important details about compliance, audio features, and so on.


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