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Title: RS50-2 - Americans with Disabilities Act
Publication Date: 5/1/1994
Product Type: Research Summary
Status: Archived Supporting Product
Pages: 22
This publication has been archived, but is available for download for informational purposes only.

Provides overview of ADA: Key Issues for the Design and Construction Industry (SP50-1) and provides alternative industry approaches to complying with ADA.
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This publication is a summary of CII Special Publication 50-1, Americans with Disabilities Act: Key Issues for the Design and Construction Industry, which was produced by the CII ADA Impact Task Force. Special Publication 50-1 contains general reference information on ADA, specific information on industry concerns including alternative industry approaches toward those concerns, compliance flow charts for each major title of ADA, and a reference list, all in a format that can easily be utilized as a training tool or quickly understood by senior executives. Readers should use Special Publication 50-1 for further information and as a guide for implementation.

The Americans with Disabilities Act represents landmark antidiscriminatory legislation on behalf of the disabled community. Previous civil rights legislation protects individuals from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, sex, and religion. In a similar manner, ADA gives civil rights protection to individuals with disabilities. ADA will open the workplace to an expanded work force and make facilities more universally accessible to the entire population.

Of the 43 million Americans with disabilities, two-thirds are not working. Many of these are willing and able to work given the opportunity. These individuals have disabilities ranging from hearing or mobility impairments to alcoholism. ADA requires that a good faith effort be made to comply with its intent. It is a law that encourages employers and employees to communicate with one another to mutually develop accommodations. Greater public awareness and more training are required to bring about ADA compliance.

Facility owners and members of the design and construction industry have become concerned about the potentially far-reaching implications of the law. Until awareness of the law increases and legal precedent is established, facility owners and employers are at increased risk of litigation or may compromise design (and incur increased costs) to respond to ADA issues. This CII summary publication is intended as an overview of ADA.