In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) establishing the most comprehensive civil rights law prohibiting unjustified discrimination based on disability in employment, public services, public accommodation, and telecommunications. Disabilities included both mental and physical impairments, and do not need to be severe or permanent to be a disability.
The ADA has roots in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as well as the Federal Fair Housing Amendment Act of 1988, which guaranteed persons with developmental disabilities the protection of federal fair housing laws.
In Ohio, House Bill 569 changed the definition of developmental disabilities based on substantial limitation in major life activity areas, and expanded the eligibility for services and supports from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the county boards.
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