The Americans with Disabilities Act, civil rights for an emerging minority.When he introduced President Bush during the signing ceremony A signing ceremony is a ceremony in which a bill passed by a legislature is signed (approved) by an executive, thus becoming a law.
Modern-day signing ceremonies are derived from ceremonies that occurred when the British monarch gave Royal Assent to acts of Parliament. of the Americans with Disabilities Act Americans with Disabilities Act, U.S. civil-rights law, enacted 1990, that forbids discrimination of various sorts against persons with physical or mental handicaps. , July 26, 1990, Evan Kemp n. 1. Coarse, rough hair in wool or fur, injuring its quality. , Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC EEOC
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
EEOC n abbr (US) (= Equal Employment Opportunities Commission) → comisión que investiga discriminación racial o sexual en el empleo ), said, "Today he will sign the most important civil rights legislation of the last quarter of a century."
During the national elections of 1988, Americans with disabilities Americans with disabilities comprise one of the largest minority groups in the United States. According to the Disability Status: 2000 - Census 2000 Brief , approximately 20% of Americans have one or more diagnosed psycho-physical disability. were identified as a group that influenced election outcomes, and the solidarity with which people with disabilities supported ADA Ada, city, United States
Ada (ā`ə), city (1990 pop. 15,820), seat of Pontotoc co., S central Okla.; inc. 1904. It is a large cattle market and the center of a rich oil and ranch area. played a major role in passage of the legislation. It is therefore timely and appropriate to proceed with the implementation of this civil rights legislation for an emerging minority.
Like other segments of the population, Americans with disabilities will now be able to gain access to public transportation, telecommunications and other public and private establishments and facilities. We can now fully participate in the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
The major focus of the programs administered by the Rehabilitation rehabilitation: see physical therapy. Services Administration is preparation for placement in and retention of employment for people with disabilities. Title I of ADA also focuses on employment for people with disabilities and prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in hiring and retention practices. While ADA in its entirety is relevant to RSA (1) (Rural Service Area) See MSA.
(2) (Rivest-Shamir-Adleman) A highly secure cryptography method by RSA Security, Inc., Bedford, MA (www.rsa.com), a division of EMC Corporation since 2006. It uses a two-part key. programs in our relentless efforts to increase opportunities for independence, integration and empowerment for all Americans with disabilities, Title I is very important to RSA because training and placing people with disabilities in competitive employment continues to be our number one priority.
As the rehabilitation community coordinates efforts with EEOC, the President's Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities (PCEPD), the Department of Justice, and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) is a United States governmental institution that provides leadership and support for a comprehensive program of research related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. , we will concentrate our efforts on those issues that relate to increasing employment opportunties and reducing the 67 percent unemployment rate among people with disabilities.
One of the first and most obvious responsibilities of rehabilitation is to assure that adequate evaluation and vocational training for preparing individuals to enter the labor force is available through the public rehabilitation programs Noun 1. rehabilitation program - a program for restoring someone to good health
program, programme - a system of projects or services intended to meet a public need; "he proposed an elaborate program of public works"; "working mothers rely on the day care . Because people with disabilities now participate in every vocation known to our society, the out-dated practice of directing individuals toward stereotypical occupations is gone forever and is replaced with a process that gives a significant percentage of the responsibility for developing the individualized in·di·vid·u·al·ize
tr.v. in·di·vid·u·al·ized, in·di·vid·u·al·iz·ing, in·di·vid·u·al·iz·es
1. To give individuality to.
2. To consider or treat individually; particularize.
3. written rehabilitation program to the person seeking rehabilitation services. Choices in the rehabilitation process will take on added weight.
Creating employment opportunities will continue to be a challenge for rehabilitation professonals. ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in hiring; but that is not the same as creating job opportunities. With the expertise that exists in the field of rehabilitation, we can demonstrate to public and private employers that reasonable accommodations reasonable accommodations A standard of providing for a worker's or customer's needs, as mandated by the ADA, which requires that a business make appropriate changes in the environment to accommodate those with mental or physical disabilities as long as such are more often than not achievable, simple and inexpensive. There must be a coordinated and massive national technical assistance effort to assist employers and assure employment opportunities.
Our state and federal systems continue to harbor a number of work program and policy initiatives that create real barriers to reducing the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities. A classic example is the loss of Medicare and/or Medicaid benefits when employed. Systems changes will be essential to allow adequate medical coverage for those who want to work.
Civil rights legislation can and will remove physical and program barriers from the environment, but it can not remove the attitudes about disability that continue to exist in the minds of some people and that create the strongest barriers to full equality. The passage of ADA has created a window of opportunity for public education about disability.
Demonstrating the ability of Americans with disabilities is one of the most effective ways to remove stereotypical attitudes. Whenever a competent, qualified worker with a disability enters the workplace, negative attitudes about disability are dispelled.
President George Bush has set a splendid example for the rest of us (abuse) for The Rest Of Us - (From the Macintosh slogan "The computer for the rest of us") 1. Used to describe a spiffy product whose affordability shames other comparable products, or (more often) used sarcastically to describe spiffy but very overpriced products.
2. to follow. He has appointed a number of qualified individuals with disabilities to serve in leadership positions in his administration. He has led the way in attacking attitudinal barriers, a responsibility in which well all share.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its subsequent amendments through 1986 provides the authorities to train and place people in employment and to integrate people into the communities through independent living programs. The authorities provide an excellent base for empowerment and a means for addressing negative attitudes about disability.
Implementation of ADA will enhance the authorities in the Rehabilitation Act. Both critical legislative acts Statutes passed by lawmakers, as opposed to court-made laws. will compliment each other and work well together for the benefit of Americans with disabilities.
In addition to RSA's cooperative efforts with EEOC and PCEPD, we have established linkage linkage
In mechanical engineering, a system of solid, usually metallic, links (bars) connected to two or more other links by pin joints (hinges), sliding joints, or ball-and-socket joints to form a closed chain or a series of closed chains. with other federal agencies involved in the development of regulations and the Technical Assistance Plan for all four titles of ADA. Our cooperative efforts with the National Council on Disability and the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board work to assure full civil rights for people with disabilities.
Beginning in 1991, ADA related training and materials will be included in the training programs for professional personnel development funded by RSA. The Regional Rehabilitation Continuing Education continuing education: see adult education.
or adult education
Any form of learning provided for adults. In the U.S. the University of Wisconsin was the first academic institution to offer such programs (1904). Programs and state VR In-Service training programs supported by RSA will also offer ADA related training and materials. In addition, we will include a priority on ADA training for our short-term training programs.
We are also developing a resource and preparing RSA staff for the provision of technical assistance at the national and regional levels on issues related to ADA and its implementation. Working together with all levels of government, we will strive to coordinate the functions of the state-federal rehabilitation program with the provisions of ADA in a practical way that will ultimately result in increased opportunities for people with disabilities.
Although a major thrust of our efforts will be directed towards employment opportunities for people with disabilities, we must not and will not ignore the need for independence and increased opportunities for participation for people who are disabled but not seeking employment. We will work continually to assure that opportunities for participation created by the Americans with Disabilities Act are available as choices for all Americans with disabilities--choices that lead to empowerment--empowerment that translates into full equality.
Nell C. Carney car·ney
Variant of carny. , Commissioner Rehabilitation Services Administration