The Public Interest

Medicalizing character

G. E. Zuriff

Spring 1996

HAILED as “the most far-reaching legislation ever enacted against discrimination of people with disabilities,” the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) extends the civil-rights protections of individuals with disabilities to employment, public accommodations, transportation, government services, and telecommunications. Not only is discrimination outlawed but businesses and public facilities must make “reasonable” changes to accommodate disabilities, unless “undue hardship” would result.

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