Years after activists were successful at bringing about the Americans with Disabilities Act, those living with disabilities in Ohio and across the country were still having a very difficult time receiving the same opportunities as those without disabilities. Understandably, many business owners needed time to fully convert into an area that complied with the ADA requirements. However, there were also many parts of the government that could have been changed sooner but were not.

Obstacles to gain benefits

One of the biggest challenges included the procedure to obtain social security disability benefits. The process stated that any person requesting these benefits and who was being helped by an attorney must provide a hard copy, which is also signed by the person. This can be rather difficult for someone who is immobile or who lacks the financial ability to even meet with a financial advisor. Proponents of the ADA state that there is no excuse in today’s digital world not to have a way to have people with disabilities sign their names or pay digitally.

Lawsuits against “wet ink” requirement

The signature or “wet ink” requirement has led to a multitude of lawsuits against the government. Many of these cite that the government is violating its own laws in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act. The APA prevents government agencies from abusing power or being contrary to the law. In the bigger argument, certain government agencies are, thus, violating a person’s first amendment right to petition and contact the government.

Although it may seem like ADA violations are obvious, the reality is that organizations will still fight any lawsuits placed on them. This is why it is highly recommended to seek a personal attorney’s guidance to increase the chances of your Social Security disability issue being resolved.