The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990. The purpose of the law is to provide opportunities for people with disabilities, both in employment and leisure, by removing barriers and prohibiting discrimination. Places of employment and business, offices and other public places, must provide reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities.
This involves many things and the law can be intricate. It applies to buildings constructed after the law took effect, but even owners of buildings built before the act must make modifications that are practical and financially feasible. Also, any accommodation that is possible must be met. This could be as simple as an employee of a store getting an item off a shelf for a person in a wheelchair.
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Part of the requirements outlined in the ADA deals with wheelchair ramps. Wheelchair ramps installed at places of public accommodation must meet certain guidelines to ensure they are safe and usable.