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1999-00 Symposium

Facing the Challenges of the ADA: The First Ten Years and Beyond

April 7, 2000

Facing the Challenges of the ADA: The First Ten Years and Beyond was held on April 7, 2000, in Columbus, Ohio. The Ohio State Law Journal published all symposium papers in the Winter 2001 issue (Volume 62 Number 1).

The year 2000 marked the ten-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The 1990 enactment of the ADA reflected a decision by Congress to address a form of discrimination many Americans face daily, but that few choose to recognize: discrimination based on one’s actual or perceived physical or mental impairments. Notwithstanding this legislative mandate, the implementation of the ADA has given rise to a range of controversies in the courts and in the academy.

Facing the Challenges of the ADA: The First Ten Years and Beyond: a one-day symposium that brought together prominent law professors, attorneys, and social scientists to discuss crucial questions surrounding the ADA yesterday, today and tomorrow:

  • How have courts interpreted the ADA and are those interpretations likely to change?
  • What has been the practical impact of the ADA on individuals with disabilities in the workplace?
  • How does the ADA compare with laws protecting the rights of women and African Americans?
  • What assumptions underlie the conceptualization of “special education” programs?
  • Should the ADA serve as a model for international disability rights law?
  • What social and political traditions influence the ADA&’s application to the voting rights of individuals with disabilities?

Facing the Challenges of the ADA: The First Ten Years and Beyond was co-sponsored by

  • The Ohio State University College of Law
  • The Center for Law, Policy, and Social Science at the College of Law
  • The Ohio State Law Journal
  • ADA-Ohio
  • Anderson Publishing Company
  • The USX Foundation
  • The Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University
  • A Multicultural Grant from The Ohio State University