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ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU * ACLU NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE * NEWS RELEASE ADA Education Project Created; New Publication Outlines Increased Protections For PWA's For IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 3, 1990 To educate people with AIDS about their rights and responsibilities under the new Americans with Disabilities Act, the American Civil Liberties Union's national AIDS Project, along with the AIDS Action Council and the American Foundation for AIDS Research, have established a new education project and issued a new publication: "The Americans With Disabilities Act: What It Means For People Living With AIDS." The new publication outlines the provisions of the ADA and how they can be used by people living with AIDS. It provides answers in 19 areas, ranging from basic definitions of the ADA and the term "disabled" to questions about discrimination against people with HIV disease or AIDS. "Passage of the Americans with Disability Act was significant, but at this point the protections the law offers are just a promise," said William B. Rubenstein, the Director of the national AIDS Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. "Our ADA Education Project and our new publication are steps aimed at making the law's protections work for PWAs." The ADA Education Project is also developing more comprehensive materials on the legislation. In addition, the Project is creating an "in service" training program, which will be conducted by staff from the three sponsoring organizations for interested organizations and corporations throughout the United States. "The success of this legislation is going to depend largely on how it is viewed and adopted by corporate America," said Mathilde Krim, the Co-Chair of the American Foundation for AIDS Research. "We think the in-service training program will go a long way in insuring that persons with AIDS and HIV disease will be protected to the fullest extent possible under the new law." Signed into law in July 1990, the ADA is the most important, and perhaps the most complex, piece of civil rights legislation passed in this country in the past 25 years. It extends federal protection against discrimination for persons with disabilities in the private workplace and in places of public accommodation. As discussed in the new publication, the ADA provides uniform, forceful, enforceable federal protections to persons with disabilities, including persons with AIDS and HIV infection. "We are confident that persons with AIDS and HIV disease will find this publication a useful guide to understanding their rights under the ADA," said Daniel Bross, executive director of the AIDS Action Council. "Our pamphlet helps bring to life this important new legislation and will help the AIDS community educate itself about the new rights this law gives." Rubenstein of the ACLU AIDS Project urged persons and organizations interested in this new law to contact the ADA Education Project at the national offices of the ACLU at 132 West 43d Street, New York, NY, 10036. "The ACLU was instrumental in getting this law passed in Washington," Rubenstein said. "We are now equally determined to insure that the new law is enforced and its protections widely used by persons with AIDS or HIV disease."


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