The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.
Approximately 57 million Americans have a disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act was conceived with the goal of integrating people with disabilities into all aspects of life, particularly the workplace and marketplace. When we are disability aware and use disability etiquette, co-workers, employees and students with disabilities feel more comfortable and work more productively. Practicing disability etiquette is an easy way to make people with disabilities feel welcome.