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The handicapped and mentally retarded people inAmerica lead a difficult life but with the help ofnew innovations such as the web-Braille library andmany new laws coming into effect it will make lifemuch more livable and enjoyable to be in theirUnfortunately in life not everything is fairSome people are born with handicaps that make itharder for them to get through life like the restof us The definition of handicapped from themerriam-webster dictionary is as followsHaving a physical or mental disability thatsubstantially limits activity especially inThere are two different kinds of handicapsmental and physical People who are mentallyretarded are usually slow or limited inintellectual or emotional development or academicprogress People who are physically handicappedhave a physical disability that makes achivement Before congress intervened and began passinglaws people with these handicaps were and in someisolated cases still are being overlooked in jobinterviews or not given adequate accomidatoins toget into schools librarys or any other publicbuildings Congress aimed to change this withAmericans with Disabilities Act which establishs aclear and comprehensive prohibition ofdiscrimination on the basis of disabilityAccording to this act which was passed in 1990some 43000000 Americans have one or more physicalor mental disabilities and this number isincreasing as the population is growing older Inthe past society has tended to isolate andsegregate individuals with disabilities anddespite some improvements such forms ofdiscrimination against individuals withdisabilities continue to be a serious and pervasiveWhen someone was discriminated on the basis ofthings such as race color sex or religon theyhave legal recourse to file lawsuits but peoplewho were discriminated on the basis of disabilityBibliographysdgsssssswetr
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