The Americans with Disabilities Act: More Rights for People with Disabilities

Authors

  • Pamela G. Watson ScD RN

    Professor and chair, Corresponding author
    1. department of nursing of the college of allied health sciences at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia.
      Department of Nursing, College of Allied Health Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University, 130 S. 9th Street, Room 1010, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
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Department of Nursing, College of Allied Health Sciences, Thomas Jefferson University, 130 S. 9th Street, Room 1010, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

Abstract

Another milestone in the quest for equal rights for people with disabilities occurred with the passage of PL101-336, the Americans with Disabilities Act. Though some controversy surrounded the passage of this legislation, the bill had clear bipartisan endorsement, as well as the support of President George Bush. The basis of the law was introduced in the Senate May 9, 1989, as Bill S933 by Senator Thomas Harkin (D-IA). A similar bill, HR2273, was introduced the same day in the House of Representatives by Rep. Anthony Coehlo (D-CA). The process by which the House and Senate bills became the final Americans with Disabilities Act was lively. Understanding the law and its provisions is important for rehabilitation nurses who are healthcare providers in frequent contact with people with disabilities.

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