The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was signed into law by President Bush on July 26, 1990. Heralded by Congress and the President as long overdue legislation, the ADA generally extends the same rights to persons with disabilities as were afforded to minorities under the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The purpose of the Act is no less than to “provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities.”

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