ERIC Number: ED417540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Disability Watch: The Status of People with Disabilities in the United States.
Kaye, H. Stephen
This report presents data in text and graphs on the situation of people with disabilities in the United States in the context of requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. An introduction identifies four reasons for the observed slow pace to compliance with disability-rights laws: (1) ignorance about what constitutes accessibility and reasonable accommodation and the achievability of these objectives; (2) serious defects in federal laws and policies which hamper social integration of Americans with disabilities; (3) failure by local authorities to enforce legal requirements for access and accommodations; and (4) continuing prejudice against people with disabilities. The sections following the introduction provide data concerning demographics, employment, social integration, barriers to independence, and transportation. Individual sections provide key points, an analysis of the data, illustrative graphs, and a comparison/contrast of myths and facts. Data sources are provided at the end of each section. A concluding section notes progress, but also outlines continuing needs, including job training, changes in employer attitudes, elimination of physical barriers in schools and businesses, an increase in the amount of accessible housing, an increase in accessible transportation, and a decrease in the segregation of people with disabilities, particularly the elderly and those with mental retardation or developmental disabilities. (DB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Civil Rights Legislation, Compliance (Legal), Demography, Disabilities, Disability Discrimination, Federal Legislation, Statistical Data
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Disability Rights Advocates, Inc., Oakland, CA.; National Rehabilitation Information Center, Silver Spring, MD.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990