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The Americans with Disabilities act is enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice. This entails that any business or organizational leader who does not comply with the requirements of the act would be committing a crime of discrimination based on physical disability.
According to the ADA website, businesses are particularly affected by the Act in that accessibility and safety must be prioritized. The site reads,
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in everyday activities, such as buying an item at the store, going to the movies, enjoying a meal at a local restaurant, exercising at the health club, or having the car serviced at a local garage.
Therefore, some considerations proposed to enforce ADA include:
- accessibility through the use of ramps, handicap parking area, spacious aisles, the ability for the customer to reach objects.
- provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to be employed and participate in business events.
- the use and implementation of "auxiliary aids" which are defined in the ADA website as:
Qualified interpreters, notetakers, computer-aided transcription services, written materials, telephone handset amplifiers, assistive listening devices, assistive listening systems, telephones compatible with hearing aids, closed caption decoders, open and closed captioning, telecommunications devices for deaf persons (TDD's), videotext displays, or other effective methods of making aurally delivered materials available to individuals with hearing impairments
- widening doors
- adding ramps to bathrooms and handrails
- raised toilet seats
- low density carpeting for the safe movement of wheelchairs.
Employees should also be trained on how to acknowledge the needs of individuals with disabilities so that job discrimination is avoided. It is best to train employees on how to understand the issues of disabilities and how to see the world through the eyes of the disabled employee. It is mainly through education and tolerance that these changes can occur in the work environment, making it safe and positive for those who do not have the freedom of mobility or other activities or functions.
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