1990 – Protecting the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities

1990 – Protecting the Civil Rights of People with Disabilities Timelines: National Health Law Program Timeline

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. It affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal. In addition, unlike the Civil Rights Act, the ADA also requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities and imposes accessibility requirements on public accommodations.

The final version of the bill was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H. W. Bush. Since its passage, the National Health Law Program has used the ADA to fight for greater access to health care for people with disabilities.

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