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Addressing Employer Personnel Needs and Improving Employment Training, Job Placement and Retention for Youth with Disabilities Through Public-Private Partnerships

by Darlene Unger

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Briefing Paper

The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 granted individuals with disabilities the right to access and participate in a workplace free of discriminatory employment practices. In 1992, when the employment regulations went into effect for the vast majority of businesses employing 15 or more workers, approximately 54 million working-age Americans would now be afforded the same protections in the workplace as those afforded to individuals representing other minority populations. In addition to recognizing that employment discrimination against persons with disabilities is unlawful, the ADA also required employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants or employees with disabilities if they could perform the essential functions of the job.