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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a law gives civil rights protection to individuals with disabilities. Persons with bipolar disorder (manic depression) or other mental illnesses may qualify for assistance and special accommodations under the Act. Found here are resources and information regarding one’s status and filing a claim.

Bipolar Disorder and the Americans With Disabilities Act - Part 1
People with mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder may be protected under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) if they can show that their disability substantially limits or impairs what is called a "major-life activity." This Act applies to all employment-related activities. Here we look at the qualifications for coverage and exceptions to the Act and define major-life activities.

Bipolar Disorder and the Americans With Disabilities Act - Part 2
This article continues our look at the ADA. Here we define the term reasonable accommodation (with examples), making a request to your employer, and filing a claim under the ADA.

Accommodating Workers with Bipolar Disorder
Excellent resource page for employers of those with bipolar disorder. This resource details the types of accommodation required to be made for by law, if needed.

Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center
Copies of the ADA itself, regulations, technical assistance manuals and documents.

Employees With Psychiatric Disabilities
A very useful article outlining who is protected under the ADA and what employers need to do to accommodate persons with mental illnesses.

Filing a Charge
Information from the EEOC on how to file a claim if you believe you have been discriminated against because of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability.

Handling Your Psychiatric Disability at Work and School
An interactive and informative web site for people with a psychiatric condition that addresses issues and reasonable accommodations related to work and school. This is the only site designed exclusively to provide information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other employment and education issues for people with psychiatric disabilities.

How the ADA Applies to People with Psychiatric Disabilities
Summary of the EEOC's Policy Guidance concerning application of the Americans with Disabilities Act to individuals with psychiatric disabilities.

Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act
Puts the ADA in historical perspective and examines major provisions concerning employment, public accommodation and more.

U.S. Department of Justice ADA Home Page
The official government site, including downloadable materials and information on assistance.

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