People with disabilities (PWD) have not always been visible to the public. Laws eventually made it possible for them to have access to public buildings, employment, worship, recreation, and communication.
Court Rulings --In the interpretation of laws courts have sometimes differed from the original intent of the law and thereby been more helpful or harmful to selected groups of people.
People with Disabilities Laws
There are legal aspects to be aware of in our thoughts about To Help or Not To Help. Some attempts to be helpful especially in emergencies have had undesired consequences. Citizens and congressional representatives have worked to create laws that protect Good Samaritans as well as enable all citizens to have the same rights as others to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Civil Rights Laws
The Good Samaritan Laws were created to protect people who voluntarily offer help without pay, especially in emergency situations such as a vehicular accident, that may result in further injury or illness of the person being helped. For example, the pulling of a victim from a fiery automobile could save a life but also result in partial or total paralysis.
These laws were created to promote rendering of aid to strangers in need without the threat of being sued. These laws, however, vary across the country. heck the laws in your state. Before offering help, consider the nature of the emergency and why you are offering assistance. Afterwards be prepared to justify your actions.
Although the 1776 Declaration of Independence included the statement that "all men are created equal", it took several centuries for this to become a reality for slaves, women, and people with disabilities. For example: