As I write my research paper for Capstone, I realize how far we have come over the last 50 years. Although I have realized how far we have come, I still see how we still have a long way to go to make America's workplace better. As I write about the ADA, I have come to realize that people 50 years ago did not have the luxury we have today. As someone with two diagnosed mental disabilities, people like me 50 years ago would have never been able to ask for accommodations for their disabilities. They were made to work through them without any form of accommodations, and most would not even admit they had a disability. Although I have learned that people still stigmatize mental disabilities, it is now protected and those who need the accommodation are able to get it most of the time. As a society, we still have changes that need to be made to this Act. As we progress as a society, more issues arise in which need to be addressed. With the internet being an integral part of our daily lives, the ADA needs to address discrimination on websites. In addition, I have learned that millions of Americans have disabilities. Since learning about the ADA and how many people have a disability, I believe that as a society we need to address implicit bias in the workplace as well as end stigmatizing those who do have a disability.
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