Friday, March 21, 2014

Americans with Disabilities Act

Social Workers need to know some of the most important policies and laws that effect those we serve. The Social Work Exam might ask about the definitions or dates of this Act, so make sure you refresh your memory. The Americans with Disabilities Act was brought into existence in 1990 (can you believe it wasn't until 1990!) and was based off the civil rights laws of the 1960's. This act makes sure that individuals with disabilities are not discriminated against in the following ways:

1) By a private employer with up to 15 or more employees
2) Federal, state and local governments
3) Employment agencies
4) Labor unions
5) In the ability to interact equally in mainstream society
6) Ability purchase goods and services

A person is considered disabled by this act if they:
  • Have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;
  • Have a record of such an impairment; or
  • Are regarded as having such an impairment
One example where I have assisted someone using this act is a time when someone in a wheelchair was unable to reach the door to his office. The employer/ owner of the building was required to lower the door handle. Do you have any examples where you have advocated for someone with a disability?

Read more about this important act: HERE

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