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The ADA: 28 Years of Opportunity Unrealized

"While the Americans with Disabilities Act has helped close many gaps, employment is not one of them."

By Carol Glazer, President of the National Organization on Disability and Jesse Fryburg, Program Manager, National Organization on Disability

On July 26, 1990, the president of the United States looked into a television camera on the South Lawn of the White House and proclaimed that the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) "signals the end to the unjustified segregation and exclusion of persons with disabilities from the mainstream of American life." Twenty-eight years later, it has not.

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Disability Rights Under Attack by Congress

"Everyone is just one bad day away from needing accessible options the #ADA requires to help them get around," tweeted Sen. Tammy Duckworth.

Rights for Americans with disabilities are under attack in a bill disguised as reform of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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No Room at the Inn for Airbnb Guests with Disabilities, Study Shows

Airbnb hosts more likely to discriminate against travelers with disabilities even when advertised as "wheelchair accessible."

It is a common frustration people with disabilities share when traveling: from trying to find an accessible rental car, to transferring into your seat, to praying that your motorized wheelchair isn't damaged as it's thrown into storage. All you are thinking is, "Please get my belongings and me to my destination, in one piece."

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Court Finds Blanket Policies Not Discriminatory

Federal judge says Disney does not violate Americans with Disabilities Act by not catering to individual preferences.

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By Frank Kineavy

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Disability Activists Arrested for Protesting Outside White House

Protesters chanted "disability rights are human rights" outside the White House last week.

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By Frank Kineavy

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Congressman Challenges 'Predatory Lawsuits' Exploiting ADA

Small businesses struggle with financial hardships and potentially closing down completely following a series of lawsuits taking advantage of strict ADA regulations.

Rep. Jerry McNerney (D)

By Frank Kineavy

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Greyhound Admits Cheating People with Disabilities

The bus transportation company will pay at least $300,000 to passengers it discriminated against and addresses ADA violations.

Greyhound Bus

By Frank Kineavy

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Students with Disabilities More Likely to Drop out of High School

Graduation rates significantly lower for students with disabilities. Organizations and schools are employing strategies to keep them on the same track as their peers.

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Students with disabilities are lagging behind their able-bodied peers when it comes to high school graduation. As the U.S. is on track to reach 90 percent graduation rates by 2020, students with disabilities only graduate at a rate of 61.9 percent, according to the 2015 Building a Grad Nation Report released by the America's Promise Alliance.

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NYC Schools Fail People with Disabilities

A federal investigation finds 83 percent of the city's elementary schools are violating the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Following a two-year federal investigation completed last month, the U.S. Attorney's office has found that more than eight of 10 of New York City's public elementary schools are not "fully accessible" to people with disabilities.

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U.S. Government Disability Employment Hits Record High

While professionals with disabilities struggle to establish themselves in the private sector, the U.S. government is employing this population at a record — even at the senior level.

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Employment of people with disabilities by the U.S. federal government hit a record high last year, according to the Office of Personnel Management, which submitted its report to President Barack Obama last month.

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ADA 25 Years Later: Definite Progress But Hiring Gaps Remain

As the Americans With Disabilities Act celebrates its 25th anniversary July 26, significant gaps remain in hiring the 19 percent of Americans with disabilities. New laws aim to improve the efforts of federal contractors and help people with disabilities save more.

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On July 26, 1990, when former President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act into law, it was heralded as the beginning of a new era of improved access and employment for people with disabilities.

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Wells Fargo's Kathy Martinez: How to Hire & Empower People With Disabilities

Renowned disability advocate Kathy Martinez brings her experience to Wells Fargo, heading an effort to improve recruitment, customer service and supplier diversity for people with disabilities.

After serving as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Disability Employment Policy, it was important to her to work for a company that was committed to diversity (Kathy has been blind since birth, is a Latina and a lesbian). She also wanted a company that was ready to be a leader in relating to people with disabilities as employees, customers and suppliers.

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