The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that was enacted in 1990. It is designed to protect the rights of people with disabilities and to ensure that they have equal access to employment, transportation, public accommodations, telecommunications, and state and local government services. The ADA defines disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
The ADA requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, unless doing so would cause an undue hardship. This includes making changes to the workplace, such as modifying equipment or schedules, to enable employees with disabilities to perform the essential functions of their jobs.
Public accommodations, such as restaurants, hotels, and movie theaters, must also be accessible to people with disabilities, which may involve installing ramps, elevators, or other accessibility features. The ADA also requires that telecommunications companies provide telecommunication services that are accessible to people with disabilities, such as providing teletypewriter (TTY) services and closed captioning for television programming.
Overall, the ADA aims to eliminate barriers and ensure that people with disabilities have the same opportunities and access to all aspects of society as those without disabilities.