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  1. Introduction
  2. People with disabilities
  3. Disabled war veterans
  4. Changing the negative perceptions of prejudiced minds
  5. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  6. The basis for Title I of the ADA
  7. The amended version of the ADA
  8. The event of the ADA
  9. Conclusion
  10. Annotated bibliography

The Fourteenth Amendment to The Constitution of the United States guarantees all citizens equal rights and our nation's song talks about a land where we are free. Yet, unless equal means having no access into most public buildings and activities, or even worse left, by fearful relatives, to rot away in asylums; for many of the 50 million Americans with a disability, this is anything but true. Only in recent years has any real progress been made, regarding the rights of individuals with disabilities.

People with disabilities have been mercilessly discriminated against and stigmatized for centuries, affecting all aspects of their lives. Matters that most people take for granted, such as walking up a few stairs, using public restrooms or reaching for items on store shelves, present huge challenges for people with disabilities.

[...] Employers are very aware of this, so the ones who are less than ethical, will continue to get away with until they are stopped. Every day one still hears horror stories about the mistreatment and exploitation of an individual with a disability. This seems to be more prevalent with people who have mental verses physical impairments, as we are all taught, at a very young age, it is not nice to ?pick or point at people who look ?different.? Furthermore, as sure as Christmas comes each year, a new set of ?politically incorrect? criteria is established and words, references and euphemisms just used yesterday, become highly inappropriate and deeply offensive, discriminatory language. [...]

[...] When I read the issues that were critical to the protest, I was appalled, not because I agreed with their complaint, but I had a hard time believing people really would waste time on such petty issues. It appeared that many of the complaints stemmed from slurs Jerry Lewis made 20 or 30 years ago. They seemed to completely disregard the fact Lewis has raised literally billions of dollars for MDA, and all the good he has done, and only focused on a few areas that made me not believe what I was reading. [...]

[...] Not all battles are worth fighting; know which ones will make a difference. Annotated Bibliography Brief History of the Disability Rights Movement.? Anti-Defamation League This offered some basic historical information about the century long battles people with disabilities fought against. It briefly explained how only after veterans of war demanded rehabilitation services, were services implemented. It discussed the relationship between the civil rights movement, how and what disability rights activists wanted to achieve, and provided a very simply timeline of laws, starting with The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to the ADA. [...]

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