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  1. Introduction
  2. Establishing the President's panel on mental retardation
  3. The 1973 Rehabilitation Act
  4. The Americans with Disability act
  5. Title II of the Act
  6. Conclusion
  7. References

The Americans with Disability Act provides the unique opportunity to enhance self-determination, choice, and greater freedom for all men, women, and children with disabilities in the United States. The most significant movement was the black civil rights movement of the 1950's and 1960's. After the civil rights movement, slowly African Americans were obtaining their rights by law, and slowly getting enforcements of these newly acquired civil rights. After this movement there were still a many people who were denied their basic civil rights, largely because they were denied their status as citizens. For all intents and purposes of this research, a large group of underrepresented people who were being denied their civil rights were the disabled; the mentally retarded, the people with varying degrees of developmental disabilities and physical handicaps that prevented them from being able to voice their opinions and allowed them to be continuously oppressed by the law.

Keywords: Civil Rights Act of 1964, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Handicapped Children Act of 1975

[...] Department of Labor, Office of Disability and Employment Policy, Disability Data Resources, last update November Accessed April http://webharvest.gov/peth04/20041108024820/www.dol.gov/odep/pubs/ek99/resou rces.htm ADA Document Portal, Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act, U.S. Dept of Education, http://www.disability-laws.org/General/ADA_Overview.html The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Titles I and last update January Accessed April http://www.eeoc.gov/policy/ada.html Interviews Massachusetts Department of Disability Ashburton Place, 13th Floor, Boston, MA, February Weham, xviii Presidents Committee on Mental Retardation, foreword [iii] Presidents Committee on [...]


[...] After all of the support in the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act there has been controversy over the interpretation of the act by the courts. One of the specific accusations related to the act is that the Act supplies a ?lifelong buffet of perks, special breaks, and procedural protections for people with questionable disabilities[xxv].? The ADA was intended to be a broad piece of legislation that could ensure the rights to all people with disabilities. Many people argue that the ADA has not fulfilled its potential because of the judiciaries ?disabling interpretations in adjucating ADA claims.? Because people with disabilities are now in a protected class, only people with disabilities may file suit against the Americans with Disabilities Act. [...]


[...] Implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act: Rights and Responsibilities of All Americans. Baltimore, MD. Paul H. Brooks Publishing Co Jaeger, Paul T. and Bowman, Cynthia Ann Understanding Disability: Inclusion Access, Diversity, and Civil Rights. Westport, Connecticut. Praeger Publishers Krieger, Linda Hamilton ed. Backlash Against the ADA: Reinterpreting Disability Rights. Ann Arbor, Michigan. The University of Michigan Press Leone, Bruno, ed. The Disabled. San Diego, CA. Greenhaven Press inc Mezey, Susan Gluck Disabling Interpretations: The Americans with Disabilities Act in Federal Court. Pittsburgh, PA. [...]

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