Civil Rights and Disabled Americans

  • Disabled Rights Movement begins

    Disabled veterans returning from World War II sought care at home.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act

    43 million disabled Americans gained recognition throught this act. The law extends the protections embodied in teh Civil rights Act of 1964 to people with physical or mental disabilities, including people with AIDS, alcoholism, and drug addiction. It gaurentees them access to employment, transportation, public accomodations, and communication services.
  • ADA-related Complaints reach 220,000

    Charged that their employers failed to provide reasonable accomodations as required by the law. The disabilites most frequently cited were back problems, mental illness, heart trouble, neurological disorders, and substance abuse.