Americans with Disabilities Act
Americans with Disabilities Act
Key Elements and Importance of the ADA
The Americans with Disabilities Act is an American law protecting the rights of people with disabilities in public and private places that are accessed by the public. This includes schools, hospitals, working areas, and in the public transport. This law safeguards the well-being of people with disabilities against discrimination and brings equality between people with disabilities and everyone else (Davis, 2015).
The key elements of the Americans with Disabilities Act include equal distribution of employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities (Davis, 2015). Companies and organizations should set aside employment opportunities for people with disabilities in their recruitment process. The law provides guidelines for the accommodation process of the employees with disabilities (Davis, 2015). The organizations should also provide basic amenities and modifications in their facilities for the disabled people. This may include special pathways, toilets, and special office equipment like chairs and tables, which are able to accommodate the disabled people. People with disabilities should be able to access facilities just as everyone else in the organization to be able to perform their roles and functions efficiently (Davis, 2015).
Accommodating people with disabilities in organizations will help maintain a diverse workforce as some may have specialties in different job departments as many disabled people put extra effort in their specialties due to their discriminations and their limited abilities (William, Robert, & Jack, 2016). The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that any organization with more than fifteen employees comply with this law (Gold, 2011). People with disabilities are among the best employees due to the discrimination that they have faced before and when presented with opportunities, they never disappoint and any organization making efforts to accommodate them will have an increase in their output and achievement of their goals and objectives (William, Robert, & Jack, 2016).
The human resource of any organization should be educated on the benefits of accommodating people with disabilities in their organizations. People with disabilities have skills and knowledge just like everyone else and organizations should address any barriers in their organizations that bring a challenge in hiring people with disabilities (William, Robert, & Jack, 2016). Due to the expected labor shortages in the coming years, organizations should create structures to accommodate people with disabilities. Instead of using the long recruitment process of advertising, interviewing, and selecting new employees organizations can contact the American Association of People with Disabilities or other disability organizations where qualified individuals are waiting to get employment opportunities (William, Robert, & Jack, 2016).
How ADA Can Be Used To Help Organizations Maintain a Diverse Workforce
Research has indicated that the U.S. population is very diverse and still continuing to diversify (Davis, 2015). The Americans with Disabilities Act can be applied by organizations to cope with the changing environment through employment of individuals regardless of their gender, race, religion, and age. This are aspects concerned in the diversity of individuals and by avoiding discrimination, organizations can have a diverse workforce which is necessary for job settings as diversity provides a platform for diverse opinions, ideas, and perspectives to the working environment (Gold, 2011).
Diversity in organizations can help address changes in the labor market. These changes in the labor market will force organizations to rely on the different types of workers, which may include people with disabilities. Utilizing the different diversities can help an organization in optimizing its productivity (William, Robert, & Jack, 2016). Through the Americans with Disabilities Act, organizations are now realizing that accommodating different diversities has a positive impact on productivity, which is brought about by the diverse workforce. This law also helps organizations in compliance with other non-discrimination laws (Davis, 2015).
Davis, L. J. (2015). Enabling acts: The hidden story of how the Americans with Disabilities Act gave the largest US minority its rights. Boston : Beacon Press.
Gold, S. D. (2011). Americans with Disabilities Act. New York: Marshall Cavendish Benchmark.
William, P., Robert, H., & Jack, K. (2016). Foundations of Business. Andover: Cengage Learning.