July 26th marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) – a comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities. The ADA is often called the Emancipation Proclamation for people with disabilities because it ensures that people with disabilities, like all Americans, have “equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency.” The Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment (Title I), in public services (Title II), in public accommodations (Title III) and in telecommunications (Title IV).
The ADA has made a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. There are more people with disabilities in the workforce today than ever before. Nevertheless, people with disabilities continue to face barriers entering and staying in the workforce.
Employers are central to improving the economic landscape for people with disabilities over the next twenty-five years.
Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on July 22 for #Nextchat with special guest EEOC Commissioner @ChaiFeldblum and Jonathan Segal @Jonathan_HR_Law. We'll chat about disability employment in 2015 and learn what agencies are doing to help employers as part of the Curb Cuts to the Middle-Class Initiative – a cross-agency initiative to increase equal employment opportunities and financial independence for people with disabilities.
Q1. How has the ADA changed your workplace for the better?
Q2. How have attitudes toward individuals with disabilities changed since the ADA was enacted?
Q3. What are some policies that you have changed in light of the ADA and why?
Q4. What are some suggestions you have for the content of supervisory training on the ADA?
Q5. Please recommend one effective practice for maximizing inclusion of employees with disabilities.
Q6. Please recommend another effective practice for maximizing inclusion of employees with disabilities.
Q7. What are some resources you use in considering requests for a reasonable accommodation under the ADA?
Q8. Please share a success story involving the impact of the ADA.