The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990 by George HW Bush. Every year in July (and throughout the entire year), we celebrate this landmark event and the important work to promote equal opportunity for people with disabilities.
The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.
The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.
The ADA covers a wide range of disability, from physical conditions affecting mobility, stamina, sight, hearing, and speech to conditions such as emotional illness and learning disorders. The law protects anyone with a physical or mental condition that “substantially limits one or more major life activities.”
Join us in celebrating the 32nd anniversary of the ADA with a donation to accessABILITY so that we can continue to provide persons with disabilities the tools to set and accomplish their personal goals and ensure the full participation of all people in all aspects of community life!