The U.S. Federal Justice Department oversees the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act legislation (ADA). This advantage of this important legislation assures the 1964 Civil Rights law provides both the protection of and guarantees all people with disabilities equal opportunities in education, employment, and the other civil liberties afforded every American (Handicap-international-us, 2016). Particular to this is the right for access to public accommodations for people in wheelchairs as well as access to public transportation that provides accessibility on buses and rail systems. Further, this legislation under this department assures Americans with physical and mental disabilities equal access to state and local government services as well as telecommunications as in the case of the deaf and hard of hearing person. The specific disadvantage of this legislation is the fact there is still discrimination that occurs against people with disabilities and this calls for mediation when complaints are filed (gov.com 2016)
Improve the Disadvantage
As mentioned above the ADA falls heavily under the 1964 American civil rights legislation that includes Titles II and VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Acts as well as the 1973 Rehabilitation Act. These are both ongoing options to maintain the advantages provided by the ADA legislation prohibiting discrimination against Americans with physical and mental disabilities. This includes as already employment opportunities, access to public accommodations, and public transportation. Improving the disadvantage of this law creating the need for filing mediation complaints would be to take a stronger position among the private sector educating them about the rights of people qualified under the ADA legislation (civilrights.org. 2016).
Sources Supporting the Main Point
CivilRights.com. (2016). Civil Rights 101 – Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund/2001 – People with Disabilities. Retrieved from
USA.gov. (2016). Popular Federal Laws and Regulations-Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Retrieved from https://www.usa.gov/laws-and-regulations#item-35762
Sources Support the Main Points
Both the USA.gov (2016) and the civil rights.org (2016) are valid and reliable sources that support the main point of the importance of the ADA legislation in assuring the civil rights of the often marginalized group of Americans falling under the physically and mentally
handicapped demographics. Both of these organizations sole intention is to uphold the federal legislation concerning the ADA law. The USA.gov is a source that specifically directs interested persons to the correct sources on a number of federal laws but in this instance to the ADA legislation and links to the sources that support the ADA responsibilities for information as well as mediation processes affecting such laws as Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and equal employment opportunities where much of the mediation takes place. Both this and the Civilrights.com (2016) are free of bias and are reliable valid resources in as much as their sole purpose for existing is to guarantee the civil rights of Americans across the board. In the case of the civil rights organization, the formed in 1950 and their reputation over the past half century and in 1969 formed The Leadership Conference Education Fund with the direct intention of informing the American public of the efforts of the American Department of Justice legislation specific to civil liberties/rights as a means of assuring not only civil rights but human rights. Like the USA.gov (2016) the Civilrights.com (2016) are important resources facilitating the different aspects of the Federal Justice Department and the ADA legislation in both assuring the law is upheld as well as educating Americans about the law and its importance to assuring all Americans civil rights. There is no question of the validity of these organizations as legitimate resources.
- CivilRights.com. (2016). Civil Rights 101 – Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund/2001 – People with Disabilities. Retrieved from
- Handecap-international.us. (2016). Stay informed – Disability Rights. Retrieved from
- USA.gov. (2016). Popular Federal Laws and Regulations-Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Retrieved from https://www.usa.gov/laws-and-regulations#item-35762