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What is the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Floridians like you deserve to be able to live your best life. This includes being able to work where you want to work, and do things that you enjoy doing for a living. Though this wasn't always possible, things like the Americans with Disabilities Act have made it more common.

So what is this act, exactly? As stated by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Americans with Disabilities Act - or ADA for short - is a bill that was made law in 1990, bringing protection to Americans with disabilities. Protections existed for other minorities or struggling groups of people after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into effect, but disabled people could still be discriminated against under those laws and be denied jobs or fired simply because of the disabilities in question.

In addition to allowing you to apply for jobs without fear of discrimination based on your disabilities, the act also requires employers to accomodate you at your place of work as long as those accomodations are considered "reasonable" and can cover anything that should be tweaked to give you a fair chance at both applying for the job in question, as well as performing the tasks involved to your utmost capabilities. Additionally, public access spaces must have additional accommodations. This can include adding ramps in addition to stairs, or elevators where necessary.

While it can't be said that all instances of discrimination have been halted by the ADA, it can certainly help you. You have a law to fall back on if you feel unjustly discriminated against due to any disabilities you may have.

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