From Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act, 3rd edition, Chapter 1
Editor's Note: Because we believe that this recently updated chapter of a forthcoming book could be very important to you, we have opted to include the entire first chapter in a two-part format. Look for Part 2 of Chapter 1 in September.
- Learn how to more fully understand the Americans with Disabilities Act
When dealing with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it is important to understand the concepts behind it and why the law was enacted. One reason it was enacted was the extreme cost to the federal government of supporting people with disabilities who could be productive members of the work force, especially where employers without undue burden or undue hardship can bear the cost of most reasonable accommodations.1