Bush Signs the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Great Events from History II: Business and Commerce Series)
Article abstract: President George Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act, the world’s first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities.
Summary of Event
On July 26, 1990, President George Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the world’s first comprehensive civil rights law directly aimed at protecting people with disabilities. The legislation was introduced in 1989 by Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Congressman Tony Coelho (D-California). The primary purpose of the legislation was to ensure that disabled Americans, estimated to be up to forty-three million in number, would not be subjected to discrimination in employment, transportation, communications, public access, and other spheres of life. The law reinforces the fact that disabled Americans are full-fledged citizens and, as such, are entitled to legal protections that ensure them equal opportunity and access to the mainstream of American life. Section 106 of the ADA required that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issue substantive regulations implementing Title I of the act, regarding employment, within one year of enactment. The Department of Justice had responsibility for providing technical assistance for Title II, pertaining to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in state and local government services, and substantive regulations for Title III, relating to...
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