Americans With Disabilities Act

Written by Amy Hall
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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is basically a set of guidelines that protect the civil rights of people with various disabilities. People with physical, emotional, and learning disabilities all fall under this act. Therefore, it does not matter whether a person is blind, deaf, or in a wheelchair, as he or she is protected under the ADA.

Covered businesses must recognize the Americans with Disabilities Act and comply with the rules and regulations of the Act. This means that employers must make reasonable accommodations for disabled employees when requested and within a reasonable amount of time. If a blind employee were to ask for a braille training manual or audio tapes to go with the employee benefits explanation package, then the employer should make every attempt to accommodate this request.

What the Americans with Disabilities Act Is Not

It is also important that both employers and employees understand what the Americans with Disabilities Act is not. Employers are not in any way obligated to make changes to the employee's job position in order to accommodate his or her disability. In other words, the employee with the disability still has to be able to perform the specific tasks that his or her job requires.

Employers can help facilitate how the employee does the job by providing braille training manuals or instructional audio tapes to further explain certain procedures. The best employee/employer relationships are formed when there is open communication and both sides have a good understanding of the ADA. To learn more about these guidelines, you can log onto the Internet and research the ADA compliances.


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