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Civil Rights Issues for People with Disabilities
Did you know that The Arc lead the way in the development of the now well-known Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other bills protecting the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Policy Issues Affecting People with Disabilities
Historically, people with disabilities have been denied fundamental human and civil rights. It is a history marked by institutionalization, abuse and neglect. The twentieth century signaled a turning point with the passage of hard-won landmark federal legislation that altered the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Despite the great strides toward expanding the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, many obstacles still stand in the way of their living fully inclusive lives.
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have faced decades of hardship when it comes to exercising their civil rights. Issues range from being denied appropriate education, housing, transportation and more. Find out more about civil rights issues.