There are between 40 and 50 million Americans with physical or mental disabilities.
That works out to 1 in 6 people in the country. In addition to their disabilities, many of these people also have valuable aptitudes, job skills, and experience. Yet they often face job discrimination because of their disabilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted to eliminate such discrimination and provide all Americans—with or without disabilities—with equal employment opportunities. Since supervisors make many hiring, promotion, and job assignment decisions, they should understand the basic requirements of the ADA. The ADA’s amendments in 2008 make the definition of disability much broader. Therefore, more employees will have disabilities covered by the ADA, and employees will receive more requests for reasonable accommodation