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Knowing Different Disability Rights Laws

There are different laws enacted which provide the basics on how people with disability should be treated equally in terms of employment, public transport, and other services wherein they enjoy equal opportunity just like any other person.

Listed below are different laws which can be used by people with disabilities to assert their rights on fair treatment.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

People with disability or who are associated or related to a disabled person can fight discrimination in state and local government, commercial facilities, employment, public accommodations, telecommunications, and transportation.

Workers who have been discriminated because of their disability can file complaints with the U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) not later than 180 days from when it was committed.

Telecommunications Act

As stated in Section 255 and Section 251(a)(2) of the Communications Act of 1934 that is amended in the Telecommunications Act of 1996, manufacturers and service providers of telecommunication equipments should provide access to people with disabilities.

People with disabilities can contact the Federal Communications Commission located in Washington, D.C. or through www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro to find out more information regarding this provision.

Fair Housing Act

It gives people with disability an equal opportunity to have a decent place of living and requires owners of housing facilities to provide reasonable accommodation to the disabled in their policies and operation.

Disabled tenants can file their grievances with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development who will assess their claims and determine whether or not they have been discriminated against.

Air Carrier Access Act

This allows passengers with mental or physical condition to board foreign and domestic planes. Airlines should also assist them in boarding planes and afford access to disabled passengers to some of its features.

Discriminated people with disability can file lawsuits with the Federal courts or file complaints with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act

This provides physical accessibility to disabled persons and the elderly in voting. These people should also be provided by their state with telecommunications devices for the deaf (TDDs) or teletypewriters (TTYs) if necessary.

National Voter Registration Act

In line with the equal right to vote, the disabled is provided with easier means to register as a voter. The National Voter Registration Act also known as Motor Voter Act requires state funded programs and facilities to assist a disabled person in filling out forms and submitting them in order to register as a voter.

The above are just some of the common laws invoked by a disabled person if he is deprived of his right to be treated as an equal. Other laws that cover people with disability also include:

  • Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act
  • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Rehabilitation Act
  • Architectural Barriers Act

For disabled workers who are discriminated, they can file a complaint with the assistance of employment lawyers in their area.

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