Disability Act- A Good Step In The Right Direction!


There was a time when the disabled population was looked down upon by the normal people irrespective of country or region. In order to rescue them from this pariah, the saner folks had opined that a disability act aimed at preventing disability-related prejudices is a long-felt desideratum.

Since the existing laws were archaic to deal with such situations, they proved to be of little help for the disabled populace. However, in the present era, many countries have positively come forward with such laws. It has given a new lease of life to our disabled brethren.

America passed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990. Other countries soon followed suit, with Australia making a law in 1992 and United Kingdom in 1995. The Canadian disability act came into being in 2002.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law in 1990 by the then President George H. W. Bush. Prior to its enactment, legal redressal in disability-based discrimination cases was almost nonexistent. The enforcement of this particular law opened up many new vistas for the disabled persons in USA.

The Disability Act deals with some of the basic aspects of life. First of all, it prohibits discrimination in employment. If a certain individual is qualified enough for a post, he must be entitled to it even though he is disabled. Also, all public service and civic amenities are to be made available for the disabled populace.

Another sphere in which the act has effected a change is the aspect of public accommodation for the disabled people. Earlier, many instances of prejudice had been reported as regards the accommodation of these disabled people in lodging places like hotels and inns. They were also subjected to considerable bias while using public transportation facilities. The Disability Act effectively laid all such matters to rest.

There were several other domains where the changes were introduced like telecommunications. The Act enabled the disabled populace to have access to a set of new facilities. They were entitled to modern telecommunication equipments altered to suit their special needs.

The act had to face severe criticism from many quarters on numerous occasions. However, the due credit must be given to it for the fact that it has made life easier for the disabled people.