I have never heard of the Americans with Disabilities Act until yesterday, and I am blind! Disability is defined by the ADA as "...a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity." The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990. The Americans with Disabilities Act was created to protect individuals with different disabilities. The law prohibits employers from discriminating against people with disabilities. People with a disability can apply for jobs and have equal opportunity for any employment. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. Researching the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, I have learned that the ADA protects individuals’ rights, freedom, and equal opportunity!