Returning to the framers’ intent: efforts to restore the ADA’s protections
When Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, its intent was to prevent discrimination, in all aspects of society, against people with disabilities.
Now some members of Congress and the disability community say recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions have negated protections afforded by the ADA, and those protections need to be restored.
The no-cost ADA Mediation Program, operated through the U.S. Department of Justice, provides impartial mediators to help parties discuss ADA violations and reach mutually agreeable solutions.
The DOJ says that in the last five years, 90 percent of ADA cases against government agencies and businesses were settled using mediation instead of through lawsuits. According to one DOJ staffer, “We’re not...