Congress passed The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 in order to give civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. The new edition of the Americans with Disabilities Act Legal Almanac examines the ADA and discusses the rights disabled individuals are entitled to under the statute. The areas governed by the ADA are also explored, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, state and local government services, and telecommunications. This almanac also gives a brief overview of legislation designed to protect the disabled in areas not covered by the ADA. The Appendices provide an overview of the Act itself, including specific areas of the Act outlining common instances where the ADA is most applied, resource directories and complaint forms, as well as some examples of cases. The Glossary contains definitions of many of the terms used throughout the almanac.
MARGARET C. JASPER is an attorney engaged in the general practice of law in South Salem, New York, concentrating in the areas of personal injury and entertainment law. Ms. Jasper holds a Juris Doctor degree from Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York, is a member of the New York and Connecticut bars, and is certified to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Ms. Jasper has been appointed to the law guardian panel for the Family Court of the State of New York, is a member of a number of professional organizations and associations, and is a New York State licensed real estate broker operating as Jasper Real Estate, in South Salem, New York. Margaret Jasper maintains a website at http: //www.JasperLawOffice.com. In 2004, Ms. Jasper successfully argued a case before the New York Court of Appeals, which gives mothers of babies who are stillborn due to medical negligence the right to bring a legal action and recover emotional distress damages. This successful appeal overturned a 26-year old New York case precedent, which previously prevented mothers of stillborn babies to sue their negligent medical providers.