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Preparing for the Americans with Disabilities Act

ADA in a Nutshell

Here's what you need to know about the law:

  • Individuals qualify as disabled under ADA if they have a physical or mental impairment substantially limiting one or more major life activities, have a record of such an impairment or are regarded as having such an impairment. Major life activities include walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, working, sitting, lifting, standing, reaching and caring for oneself.

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  • Protection from discrimination requires the removal of those barriers presented by the disability. Simply put, ADA attempts to level the playing field for people with disabilities--nothing more and nothing less. Like most state and local laws, ADA does not provide for affirmative action.
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