What changes have we seen because of the ADA?
- Community businesses, government buildings, public transportation, programs, and other services to make their establishments and services accessible and accommodate individuals with disabilities.
- Employers and workplace situations to accommodate individuals with disabilities and provide equal opportunities for employment.
- Curbed sidewalks
- Public/School Buses, Taxi’s, and other forms of transportation requiring the use of lifts, designated seating
- Alternative entrances
- Accessible Parking
- Accessible Restroom Stalls
- Allowance of service animals
- Closed captions, Sign Language Interpreters, Braille, Video Technology, Video Relay Services
- Picture/Electronic Communication Devices (Talkers)
- Immediate service (reduced wait times, served first, etc.)
The right to be treated as an equal member of our society should not be viewed as a privilege. The Americans with Disabilities Act has made it a federal requirement to provide equal access, equal opportunities, and equal treatment to all individuals with disabilities without prejudice and free of discrimination. It is an American standard that has inspired nations worldwide to recognize the importance of protecting disability rights and creating inclusive communities.
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