ERIC Number: ED428486
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Federal Implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 1991-94.
This report assesses federal efforts to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during its first four years as law. The report begins by describing the politics and the players in the passage and implementation of the ADA and then discusses how technical assistance precedes enforcement of ADA. Complaints filed under the ADA and the effectiveness for the complaint process are reviewed. Findings of the report indicate that the federal bureaucracy has developed generally effective procedures and systems to perform its responsibilities to implement the ACT, the federal government has yet to enforce the ADA fully, and that limits on research and data collection impede the ability to evaluate implementation strategies and to assess the long-term impact of the ADA. Recommendations include: (1) Congress should retain the current statue without amendments; (2) Congress should establish minimal enforcement standards; (3) Congress should appropriate funds to the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice for a comprehensive ADA public awareness/education campaign; (4) the Administration should devise and carry out a comprehensive implementation plan; and (5) disability advocacy groups should monitor more aggressively the federal government's implementation and enforcement of the ADA. (Contains 56 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Adults, Advocacy, Children, Compliance (Legal), Data Collection, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Federal Programs, Government Role, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Research Needs
Milbank Memorial Fund, 1 East 75th Street, New York, New York 10021; Tel: 212-570-4800.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Milbank Memorial Fund, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Americans with Disabilities Act 1990