What is the Americans with Disabilities Act? Who does it protect?

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and ensures equal access and services to those individuals.

Under the act, a disability is a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of a person’s major life activities, such as someone’s ability to care for himself, perform manual tasks, walk, see, hear, breathe, learn, or work. A disability includes all forms of mental disorders, alcoholism, HIV, and previous drug addiction. ADA protection does not extend, however, to current illegal-drug users or those who pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others.

Source: TAR

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