It's easy to assume that because of the ADA, discrimination never occurs and full equality prevails for every person with a disability living in the United States. This wishful thinking is comparable to thinking that racism no longer exists because we have an African American president.
By simply adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the federal law, states and supporters will be able to pursue religious freedom legislation unencumbered by the belief that these laws will be used to discriminate against the LGBT community.
There's an ignoble side to the Americans with Disabilities Act that I'd really like to see change in Corporate America and beyond. The ADA, the landmark law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in the workplace, can work for and against workers.
Employment for people with disabilities is lower today than it was before the passage of the ADA. Despite the statistics, I am hopeful that we are finally ready to get serious about the power of people with disabilities to enrich the workplace.
Events were held across the country Monday to mark the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. Disability rights activists made the point that passing the law was only the start.