ERIC Number: ED418513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Cultural Diversity and the ADA. Implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Bruyere, Susanne M.; Hoying, Joyce
One of a series of guides on implementing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), this guide focuses on cultural diversity and the ADA. First, the major components of the ADA are summarized. This is followed by discussion of employer considerations in addressing cultural diversity issues and implications of the ADA, such as diversity initiatives led and supported by management, development of training programs which focus on communication skills and compliance with the ADA, writing of job descriptions that identify essential job functions, and non-discriminatory performance appraisals. The meaning of "reasonable accommodation" is addressed, noting criteria for whether such an accommodation would create an "undue hardship" for the employer. The guide ends with some suggested implementation strategies to heighten awareness of ADA through cultural diversity initiatives in business and industry. These include affirmative action initiatives to actively recruit individuals with disabilities, provision of training and promotion opportunities to minority individuals and those with disabilities, and integration of the nondiscrimination requirements of the ADA in all facets of personnel training and human resources practices. Suggested organizational resources are listed. (DB)
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Civil Rights Legislation, Compliance (Legal), Cultural Differences, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Employer Attitudes, Federal Legislation, Job Training, Personnel Management, Program Development
ILR Program on Employment and Disability, ILR Extension Building, Room 102, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-3901; telephone: 607-255-7727; TTY: 607-255-2891.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell Univ.
Identifiers: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990; Reasonable Accommodation (Disabilities)