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A History of Accessibility Regulations

Sixty years ago there were no laws governing accessibility in the U.S. - today there are several.

"According to the US Census Bureau, as of 2005 there were 25,780,576 physically handicapped people in the United States.  Physically handicapped is defined, in this survey, as an individual who has substantial limitations for the ability to walk, climb stairs, reach, lift or carry due to a physical condition."

Six years ago, there were no accessibility laws in the United States. Disabled people were categorized as "sick" and routinely hospitalized in convalescent homes. There was no social policy for the disabled...

While the 1964 Civil Rights Act did not address accessibility, it became the model for future legislation. Over years, there have been changes expanding the requirements for accessibility from Federal facilities to public facilities and commercial accommodations.

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