Many people who had been injured by the poliovirus became discouraged when they returned home and encountered environmental barriers and discrimination. Some were among the most eloquent and influential leaders of the disability rights movement. Their message has been that disability is a social and civil rights issue, not simply a medical problem.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Passed in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, is a landmark civil rights legislation that creates broad legal protections for people with disabilitiies.