e d g e - education for disability and gender equity


1 Introduction
2 Why Enact the ADA?
3 What Does the ADA Do?
4 The U.S. Constitution
5 How Voters Influence Elected Officials
6 The Disability Vote
7 Setting the Stage for the ADA
8 Campaigning for the ADA
9 Activity
10 Resources

SELF-TEST (text-only version)
Read the question carefully, then click on the letter of the answer you think fits the question best:

1. Which of the following does NOT shape Governmental decision-making?
A. Citizen advocacy
B. Constitutional principles
C. Popular music

2. What causes discrimination of people with disabilities?
A. Prejudiced attitudes
B. Physical and policy barriers
C. Both A and B

3. What three major areas do Title I, II and III of the ADA address?
A. Education, Housing, and Technology
B. Employment, Government Services, and Public Accommodations
C. Driving, Cooking, and Typing

4. Which part of the Constitution supports the ADA?
A. 1st Amendment -- Freedom of Speech
B. 11th Amendment -- Sovereignty of States
C. 14th Amendment -- Equal Protection

5. Which of the following characteristics does a group of people need to have in order to be considered a voting bloc?
A. The same age, lots of money, and knowledge of the Constitution
B. All located in the same geographic area
C. Significant numbers, common interests, high voter participation

6. Why was Section 504 important in laying the groundwork for the ADA?
A. It served as a model of nondiscrimination based on disability.
B. It enabled the disability community to develop political power.
C. Both A and B.

7. What advocacy tactics helped convinced Congress to pass the ADA?
A. Letter-writing campaigns, Congressional testimony, and demonstrations.
B. Violent riots and mass uprisings.

C. Lawsuits against the government for violating the 14th Amendment.

8. In pushing for the ADA, diverse groups -- many of which had not worked together before -- joined to promote a common goal, a law that would benefit members of each group. What is this kind of joint effort called?
A. Constituency
B. Constitution
C. Coalition

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