Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is a civil rights law enacted by the US Congress. Signed into law in July 26, 1990 by President George H. W. Bush, the ADA prohibits, under specific circumstances, discrimination based on disability.
The ADA aims to help the country benefit from the skills and talents of persons with disabilities, allow all Americans to gain from the increased purchasing power of persons with disabilities, and advocate more productive lives for everyone.
This law was amended in 2008 (ADA Amendments Act of 2008). The changes took effect on January 1, 2009.


Individuals Covered Under the ADA

The ADA defines a person with a disability as someone who:
•Has a physical or mental disability that significantly affects the person’s life functions
•Has a proven record of such a disability
•Is regarded to be having the said disability