Celebrating the 27th anniversary of ADA, the Americans with Disabilities Act
July 26 is ADA Day, celebrating the 27th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The Act’s impact on low-vision and blind people is enormous.
▪ Prohibits workplace discrimination, in work places with 15 employees or more. Employers must make “reasonable accommodations,” both physical and logistical, that allow people to perform the essential functions of their jobs.
▪ All public services, including transportation, must make reasonable modifications in order for services, programs, and activities to be accessible. This includes making print matter accessible to people with reading impairments.
▪ Accommodations and services operated by businesses, educational establishments, and nonprofit service providers. This addresses access, such as construction and informational barriers, as well as transportation.
▪ Communications, particularly telephone services and TV captioning for the Deaf community. There is growing availability of audio description technology in theaters and on major television networks.