Historical View of Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act Historically, individuals with disabilities have been denied the opportunity to compete on an equal basis and pursue employment opportunities in society due to being characterized as weak, pitiful, dependent, and limited (Mayerson, 1992). The continuing existence of unfair and unnecessary discrimination and prejudice contributed to a hostile and unadaptive society. People with disabilities endured a long history of the concept of “out of sight, out of mind”, and soon began to challenge societal barriers that excluded them not only from participating within the workplace, but from within their whole community environment. To alleviate this problem, the American’s with Disabilities Act 1990 was put into effect by the Federal government to reverse the centuries of “out of sight, out of mind”. Title one of the American’s with Disabilities Act, addresses issues of employment, and prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in the areas of screening, hiring, promotion, compensation, and training . The passing of the ADA was derived from the many thousands of people who made up the disabilities rights movement and adopted many of its strategies from the Civil Rights Movement ( Dickson, 2006). The development of this policy began with individuals who had disabilities sitting in federal buildings and protesting in the streets. Soon a historical shift in disability public policy occurred with the passing of the 1973 Rehabilitation act as well as Section 504 act (Mayerson, 1992). Employment problems faced by individuals with disabilities were recognized by congress who thought it was necessary to eradicate discriminatory policies. Title one of the Americans with Disabilities Act were drawn directly from the 1973 Rehabilitation Act in an attempt to provide greater relief for people with disabilities in the workplace (Mayerson, 1992). Legislative victories began furthering the reputation of the...
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