The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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In this essay I am going to write why the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed, who wrote it and passed it, when it was passed, where it was passed, and also how it relates to the construction industry. I also want to write, in this essay, what people are affected by this law.

There are many reasons why the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed. All are very different, but similar in that they all relate to one subject. It was created to make it easier for Americans with disabilities to become employed. The Americans with Disabilities Act is designed to protect an individual's civil rights by promoting equal opportunity and equality of access for travelers with special needs. It protects the civil rights of travelers with disabilities to equal access to goods and services offered by public service providers. Another purpose of the Americans with disabilities act is to provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities.

It was also passed to provide clear, strong, consistent, and enforceable standards addressing discrimination against those individuals. It was passed to ensure that the Federal Government plays a central role in enforcing the standards established in this act on behalf of individuals with disabilities. The final reason, but obviously not the least important, is that it was passed to invoke the sweep of congressional authority, including the power to enforce the fourteenth amendment and to regulate commerce, in order to address the major areas of discrimination faced day-to-day by people with disabilities.

Tony Coelho, a former congressman and true civil rights leader for people with disabilities, wrote the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was enacted on July 26, 1990 by the Senate and House of Representatives. George H.W. Bush was the president...