The ADA did not work as intended:
USA Today Article: "How disability law went nuts
And it has actually been a disaster at helping the disabled find work."
Good intentions are no excuse for perpetual legal chaos. The Americans with Disabilities Act promiseda bright new era of equality and freedom. Instead, it has spawned endless lawsuits and absurd federal decrees while harming some of the people it sought to relieve.
The 1990 ADA defined disability as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities” — a far broader definition that what previously prevailed in the statute book. In 2008, Congress vastly expanded that definition to include people with diabetes, depression, heart disease, or cancer, as well as people who have significant troubles standing, lifting, bending, reading, concentrating, thinking and communicating.
Many ADA decrees defy common sense. The Los Angeles Disabled Access Appeals Commission invoked the ADA to force the Odd Ball Cabaret, a strip joint, to close a shower stall on its stage. The commission ruled that because the stall would not be accessible to a stripper in a wheelchair, the business discriminated against disabled women. It didn’t matter that there were no wheelchair-bound strippers.
But the ADA has actually been a disaster at helping the disabled find work and become financially self-reliant. For all the legal battles and government action, the percentage of disabled people who are employed has hasn't changed much since the ADA was enacted. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology study concluded that the ADA reduced employment of disabled men of all working ages and all disabled women younger than 40.