THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF THE HANDICAPPED IN TRANSPORTATION: THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT AND RELATED LEGISLATION

Described as the most sweeping civil rights legislation in a quarter century, the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) seeks to eliminate bias by private and public enterprises in areas of employment, public accommodations, transportation and telecommunications. The ADA is the most recent in a series of acts intended to eradicate the disadvantages of the handicapped in transportation going back to 1970. With the graying of America, more of its citizens find themselves immobile and requiring federal legislative assistance to move about. This article reviews all the major legislative and regulatory attempts to enhance the mobility of the disabled. The article is organized as follows: (I) Introduction; (II) The Problem; (III) History of the Law of the Handicapped in Transportation: The Long & Winding Road; (IV) Air Transportation: A) Airlines and B) Airports; (V) Surface Transportation: A) The Disabled, B) Discrimination of Public Entities, C) Discrimination by Private Entities, D) Regulatory Implementation, E) Unresolved Issues, and F) Remedies; and (VI) Conclusion.

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  • Accession Number: 00611840
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1991 12:00AM