End Disability Discrimination

The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act complements the Rehab Act, the Fair Housing Act and the Air Carrier Access Act enabling qualifying disabled individuals civil rights protections to their use of their prescribed medical assistance animals to mitigate their disability. 

Sadly, many individuals and businesses have never had proper disability civil rights training and are breaking these laws by denying reasonable accommodations, public access or trying to charge pet fees and restrictions to the qualified disabled.  This is disability discrimination and must end.


In 1990, the United States Congress found that physical or mental disabilities in no way diminish a person’s right to fully participate in all aspects of society, yet many people with physical or mental disabilities have been precluded from doing so because of discrimination; others who have a record of a disability or are regarded as having a disability also have been subjected to discrimination. Historically, society has tended to isolate and segregate individuals with disabilities, and, despite some improvements, such forms of discrimination against individuals with disabilities continue to be a serious and pervasive social problem.

Discrimination against individuals with disabilities persists in such critical areas as employment, housing, public accommodations, education, transportation, communication, recreation, institutionalization, health services, voting, and access to public services. Unlike individuals who have experienced discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, or age, individuals who have experienced discrimination on the basis of disability have often had no legal recourse to redress such discrimination.

Individuals with disabilities continually encounter various forms of discrimination, including outright intentional exclusion, the discriminatory effects of architectural, transportation, and communication barriers, overprotective rules and policies, failure to make modifications to existing facilities and practices, exclusionary qualification standards and criteria, segregation, and relegation to lesser services, programs, activities, benefits, jobs, or other opportunities.census data, national polls, and other studies have documented that people with disabilities, as a group, occupy an inferior status in our society, and are severely disadvantaged socially, vocationally, economically, and educationally.

The Nation’s proper goals regarding individuals with disabilities are to assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for such individuals.  The continuing existence of unfair and unnecessary discrimination and prejudice denies people with disabilities the opportunity to compete on an equal basis and to pursue those opportunities for which our free society is justifiably famous, and costs the United States billions of dollars in unnecessary expenses resulting from dependency and nonproductivity.

ADR believes education is the key to understanding

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Don't judge a disability by its visibility

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Making Reasonable Accommodations

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Self diagnosis, self prescription

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Granting public access

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Traveling with an assistance animal

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Report Disability Discrimination

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