disability rights

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How do sign language interpreters work?

Learn about the federal laws that require sign language interpreters in the United States and where you'll regularly find them.
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Universal design gains among homebuilders

Two architects discuss an approach to home design that offers ease, safety, accessibility and comfort to nearly everyone without sacrificing style.
George H.W. Bush signing document as others look on, with two in wheelchairs (© Barry Thumma/AP Images)

Equality for Americans with disabilities: A timeline

Learn about some landmark events that led to the Americans with Disabilities Act, which protects from discrimination in all areas of life.
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Sign-language-friendly businesses take off

A growing number of deaf-friendly and signing-first businesses — which use sign language as their primary form of communication — are opening in the U.S.
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Watershed disabilities law strengthens U.S. firms

Read on to learn how the Americans with Disabilities Act empowered Trevor Hutchinson to request accommodations that boosted his work performance.
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U.S. laws help people with disabilities vote

The landmark Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30 on July 26. Learn how it revolutionized voting for citizens with disabilities.
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This 1990 disabilities law ushered in a new era

Happy 30th birthday to the ADA, a comprehensive law protecting Americans with disabilities. Learn more about how the law helps them live their best life.
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Cancer survivor finds a business in improving others’ lives

Even before Kathy Pico knew she could survive her cancer, she decided to build a business that would help others. The U.S. helped her build it.
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Students with disabilities excel at American universities

At American universities, students with disabilities get accommodation and support in addition to access to great academics.