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What are the Americans with Disabilities Act?

July 26, 2021, marks the 31st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Celebrations of the signing of the ADA by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, occur across the nation each year in July.
The ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) give civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. The ADA and ADAAA also assure equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities to access businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications.

TWP celebrates and honors this landmark civil rights legislation. It has contributed to the opportunities we have been given to serve people with disabilities in the Kansas City metro area. Through several different actions and activities, The Whole Person acknowledges the importance of the ADA and its opportunities for people with disabilities to live independently. 

What You Need to Know about the ADA is perfect for employers to share during the onboarding process with their employees. It briefly explains protections under the ADA and expectations for communicating a disability. It also provides etiquette tips when working with or providing services to those with a disability.

ADA Pre-Employment Considerations show employers how to improve hiring practices and allow individuals with disabilities in the applicant pool. It also provides an overview of the ADA and tips on abiding by the ADA during the hiring process.

ADA Considerations During Employment features considerations during employment. This essential employer resource reviews how to accommodate and retain new or existing employees with disabilities under the ADA.