Signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was a landmark piece of civil rights legislation and at the time the world’s first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities. The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and ensures equal opportunity, participation, independence and economic self-sufficiency for those with disabilities. To receive protections under this law one must have a disability, a record of an impairment or be perceived by others as having such an impairment. A disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities and under the act is interpreted broadly to ensure its inclusivity.
Equal opportunity to participate and enjoy American life provided validation for a community that at the time was disenfranchised and neglected. Having accommodations and amenities that allowed those with disabilities to enjoy public spaces, use public transportation, access buildings as well as apply for jobs and participate in everyday activities reaffirmed their position as citizens of this country. This law also influenced and helped change societal perceptions of those with disabilities as deserving of normalcy and employability.
Today we celebrate the ADA and the impact it has made in people’s everyday lives. The ADA gave millions of Americans an opportunity to reach their full potential and contribute their skills to meaningful careers.
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Since its inception, 10 ADA Centers across the country provide information, guidance and training on the ADA. For any questions related to the ADA you can call 1-800-949-4232, it’s free, confidential and anonymous. Visit, www.ada.gov more information.
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