Disability Discrimination

imageGale Encyclopedia of American Law Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a milestone for those with a disability. The ADA has been called “Bill Of Rights” for people with disabilities. About 20 percent of the U.S. population is disabled. The author of Associated Press article Disability Discrimination Claims Agency’s Agenda, Jennifer McDermott says the commission received more disability discrimination claims than sex, race, or age since early 1990s. I believe there is discrimination against people with disabilities in the workplace, schools, and in public. For disabled people it is very hard to find the right workplace, education, and accommodations. First, discrimination in the work place.

According to an article in The Associated Press a woman in Mankato Minnesota Laurie Goodnough is suing her former employment Baywood Home Care. Goodnough is suing because she was discriminated against and fired for being seen walking around with a cane and complaining. Goodnough has Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis these diseases limit her ability to walk and bend easily. The walking aid gives Goodnough her ability to bend and walk more easily. The problem with this is that Goodnough was an employee at the company since 2007. She was a good employee, but when other employees saw her with the cane they told the manager. She was doing exactly what she needed and did not do a poor job while working. According to an article Jennifer McDermott states that some employers do not know how to make accommodations, for employees with disabilities or even know what qualifies as a disability.  Other case also says that some employers are not hiring, promoting someone, or firing the employee, because of disability. Now you may ask your self, “How has the problem been solved before?”

Imagine you are put into a cage and you have autism, imagine how scared you are. This happened to an autistic boy. A report from ABC Premium News Federal Opposition Backs Calls for National Inquiry into Education An article called Disability Rights in Civil Rights in the United States says that the disability rights movement is still new with the civil rights movement. The movement reflects recognition that features contemporary society (physical and social) have worked, sometimes not meaning to, restrict rights and opportunities of those with disabilities. An article from Gale Encyclopedia of American law says the ADA is a law that is made up of five titles. The first title says that employers are not allowed to discriminate that are able to screen out people with disabilities or standards that have an effect against the person. The second title is that public services must be able towards disabilities. The third says that private business that provides accommodations cannot discriminate. The fourth title is that telecommunication companies cannot discriminate against people with disabilities. The fifth tile consist technical and miscellaneous provisions.  The ADA is what protects disabled americans from discrimination, yet it is still happening. Now what do we do with the children that have disabilities?

of Children with Disabilities After ACT Cage Incident. The ACT case is that a child with autism was put into two-meter by two-meter cage like structure made by pool fencing. Mr. Innes who deals with cases like ACT case says that “I think that the key issues here are both the lack of resources for schools and training for teachers, and just lack of awareness of teachers who might think that such actions are appropriate.” I believe that every teacher and student or class mate needs to be educated on the subject of disabilities of the person.

An article in Education: Meeting America’s Needs? Education for Special Needs Students says that in 1992 an act called Education for All Handicapped Children Act was renamed Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  IDEA was renamed and redefined in 2004. Terms added to IDEA are mental retardation, hearing impairments including deafness, speech or language impairments, visual impairments, and also including blindness. Other terms are serious emotional disturbance, orthopedic impairments, autism, traumatic brain injury, and other health impairments, or specific learning impairments.  Now you maybe asking yourself, “Is this what children need”?

An article in Gale Encyclopedia of American Law Disability Discrimination says, there is a law that was made in 1975, studies showed that more than half of all disabled children was not receiving appropriate public education. About one eight of those children was left out of public education all together. In 2006, over six million children had received special education because of IDEA. According to Gale Encyclopedia of American Law Disability Discrimination each child is covered by IDEA and is entitled to Individualized Educational Program (IEP). The IEP is developed by the parents, teachers, and doctors. IEPs identify the abilities and needs of the child. It outlines educational placement and services that address the needs. Today we have discussed discrimination of people and children with disabilities.

As you can see people with disabilities are discriminated against a lot in the workplace, school/education, and in public. People with disabilities are discriminated against a lot in the workplace, school/education, and in public. Twenty percent of the U.S. citizens have a disability of some sort. I urge all of you here today, not only think about discrimination, but think about who is being discriminated against, and where that is. If you see a disabled person being discriminated against let them know you support them, and let someone know about the situation.


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