The ADA turns 25!

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush, signed into law the Americans Birthdaywith Disabilities Act (ADA), the world's first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities.

The ADA is a federal law that protects people with disabilities from discrimination, offers equality opportunities is different facets of life, and attempts to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Despite turning 25 years old today, the ADA is a law that many people are not familiar with at all, or are only aware of the public accessibility provisions, such as accessible parking spots, or ensuring that buildings have ramps.

However, the ADA covers much more. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment (Title I), in public services (Title II), in public accommodations (Title III) and in telecommunications (Title IV).

In addition, many people diagnosed with cancer don’t realize that they might be protected under the ADA. Every law and program has a different definition of disability, so it is important not to make any assumptions about whether or not you qualify for these protections and benefits.

Check out our Quick Guide to the ADA, to learn the basics about Title I of the ADA and how it provides people with disabilities protection from discrimination and access to reasonable accommodations in the workplace.

For more information about how the ADA protects individuals with cancer in the workplace, visit: http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/cancer.cfm.

For information about how you can use reasonable accommodations to work through treatment or return to work, read our blogs:

Succeeding in the Workplace After a Cancer Diagnosis

How to Negotiate Reasonable Accommodations

Happy Birthday, ADA!

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