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SS6 ADA - Why It Was and Still is Necessary

Program ID Number: CRS000693
CEU Course ID: P277.15
Webinar Length of Time: 1.0 hour

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This presentation will focus on events leading to the drafting of the ADA, the lobbying that got it passed, what was intended and what occurred upon implementation. There are many successes, for example, access to new construction, many oversights, such as, insurance, unnecessary controversy about the definition of disability, and some obvious failures, especially employment of people with disabilities. Twenty five years after passage sixty five percent of disabled people do not work. The presentation will provide insight into why and propose solutions.


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James Weisman, JD
United Spinal Association
East Elmhurst, NY
United States

James Weisman is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of United Spinal Association. For 35 years he has advocated for the rights of people with disabilities including helping craft the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Mr. Weisman is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and was appointed to the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board) by Bill Clinton.

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.

* No conflicts have been disclosed.



  1. Mayerson, A. (1992). The History of the ADA; A Movement Perspective. Retrieved October 17, 2014 from
  2. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; and Revised ADA Regulations Implementing Title II and Title III. Retrieved October 16, 2014 from
  3. US Department of Labor, Disability Employment Statistics. Retrieved October 16, 2014 from


Updated | 08.19.2015