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I believe the Americans With Disabilities Act is the most important precedent set in the struggle against all discrimination for persons with disability. In this paper I will give a brief description of the statutes set by the Americans With Disabilities Act, pertaining to disabilities in the workplace. I will then discuss what employers are required to do according to the A.D.A. and some of the regulations they must abide by. The next section of this paper will discuss the actual training of employees with disabilities with a highlight on training programs for workers with mobility and motion disabilities. The following section of this paper will discuss the economic effects of a vocational rehabilitation program. Finally this paper will conclude with a brief discussion of what the measures set by the Americans With Disabilities Act means to the actual workers and people it benefits.
According to a survey conducted by the Center for Disease Control, 22.2% of the United States population reported having some sort of disability (2013). While the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990), acts to prevent the discrimination of people with physical and mental disabilities, it has been unsuccessful in erasing it all together. Almost a quarter of the US population is disabled, meaning that almost a quarter of the population face some form of inequality due to their physical
Supporters of the section 14(c) act state that minimum wage provisions provide employment opportunities. However, there are others who are against this act and question the appropriateness of paying disabled people less than minimum wage. One might question these organizations to whether or not they are us...
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The act presents disabled workers with a catch 22: it places disabled workers into two categories; the worker is either too disabled to be working at all, or they are not af...
Disabled employees have it hard enough finding employers that are willing to employee them let alone deal with them joining a union. Federal and State laws have made amazing progress affording disabled individuals protection against employment discrimination. The most recent of these successes took place in 2008 with the passing of the American Disabilities Act Amendments Act (Berman-Gorvine, 2015, p. 3).
Persons with disabilities encounter countless environmental and societal barriers which affect their daily lives. There is numerous definitions worldwide and in Canada for the term “disability”, and debates about who is considered a person with a disability. Winkler gives an elaborate definition of this term which will be used to define disability throughout this paper. Above and beyond the general definition, Winkler states “Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual, or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others” (2009, p. 329). Winkler mentions that in addition
The Americans with Disability Act of 1990 (ADA) was put into force to protect employees from discrimination with disabilities in the area of employment. A person with a disability can be defined under the ADA as someone who has a physical or mental impairment which considerably limits one or more of major life activities. “It has been estimated that nearly one in five Americans has one or more physical or mental disabilities”(law book pg115). The ADA federal law requires that employers with 15 or more employees not to discriminate against applicants and current employees with disabilities and, when needed, provide reasonable accommodations to these individuals who are more than qualified to work. These individuals are protected in regard to the application process, hiring, advancement, firing, compensation/benefits, training or other privileges of employment. If an individual is requesting accommodation due to a disability and can be reasonably accommodated without creating an undue hardship or causing a direct threat to workspace safety must be given the same consideration for employment as any other applicant. An employer is not obligated to hire anyone that is not qualifies to what is considered the essential functions of the job according to the ADA. An accommodation under the ADA must allow the employee enjoy equal benefits, given an equal opportunity for the person with the disability to be considered for the job and to perform the essential functions.