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Why is the ADA Important?

2000 census data indicate that there are currently 58 million people with disabilities in the United States.  Of these, 26 million have severe disabilities and 4.1 million are under the age of 18.   Given the magnitude of these numbers, the implications for both employment and education are significant.  Indeed, as of the 1990 U.S. Census (the year the ADA was passed), only 39.3% of all working age Americans with disabilities were participating in the work force either full or part time, and on average earned a full 35% less than workers without disabilities.  In terms of education, the U.S. Office of Special Education has reported that only 56% of our nation's youth with disabilities graduate from high school, and only half of the annual class of students with disabilities finds employment.  In the past several years, however, increased numbers of students with disabilities have been entering post-secondary education settings, making them the largest growing minority group of the college population.  Thus, the importance of the ADA is readily apparent:  by specifically prohibiting discrimination and mandating equal opportunity and access for both employment and public services, the ADA has empowered individuals with disabilities and enabled them to take a more active role in society.

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