In 1990, a law was passed that made it illegal to discriminate against people with a disability. It is officially named Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This was the very first legislation of is kind. Since then, many thousands of disabled people have been employed in the work place.
The enforcement of this law and jurisdiction fall under an entity known as The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). They have been in existence since 1965. Learn more about the EEOC
Basically, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 prohibits discrimination in the workplace. It was designed to remove barriers that may prohibit a qualified person from obtaining a job and working free of discrimination.
The ADA is a continually growing piece of legislation. Every few years, provisions are added to the law that make it more clear and concise. The aim is to remove any ambiguity that may be associated with the law.
There are many free resources available on this topic. We have provided a list below:
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
- Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
- The U.S. Department of Justice ADA Technical Assistance Program
- The Able Trust
1-888-838- ABLE (toll-free in Florida)
(850) 224-4493 (voice or TDD)
- The Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST)
(850) 487-3278 (voice)
(850) 922-5951 (TDD)