Celebrating 25 Years Of The ADA

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on July 17, 2015 # Advocacy and Policy

Twenty-five years ago, we celebrated the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the cornerstone of civil rights for people living with disabilities. Currently, there are 56.7 million Americans with disabilities, representing the largest minority group in the U.S.

From improving accessibility to enhancing independent living, the ADA has shaped the civil rights paradigm for the Reeve community. While there is certainly more that needs to be done to safeguard the needs of individuals living with disabilities, it is important to acknowledge the impact of the ADA in combating the drivers of inequality.

Rep. Jim Langevin Reflects on the ADA's 25th Anniversary

As a member of Congress, co-chair of the Bipartisan Disabilities Caucus, and someone who has lived with the challenges of a disability both before and after the ADA's enactment in 1990, I have experienced, firsthand, the profound changes that this law has effected within our society.

Read how he is keeping issues on the forefront of Congress.

ADA Basics

The ADA covers every person with an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Learn more about the principles of the ADA.

ADA Timeline

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that works to end discrimination and promote equal opportunity for people with disabilities. It has five titles focused on employment, education, transportation, state and local government, public accommodations, and telecommunications.

See the important events that preceded the passage of this law.

Activities to celebrate the 25th Anniversary

On July 26, 2015, the ADA is celebrating its 25th anniversary and organizations throughout the country are hosting events to mark the occasion.

Find out ways you can get involved in events and celebrations around the 25th anniversary.

When the ADA was ratified in 1990, it represented a turning point in our fight for equality for the millions of Americans living with disabilities. Over the past 25 years, the distance we have traveled to eradicate discrimination is a testament to the commitment and support of Reeve advocates. Your actions have been instrumental and will continue to be critical as we push for full implementation of the ADA nationwide.

We will share more information over the coming weeks on the influence and future of the ADA. Be on the lookout as we salute this life-changing legislation.

Thank you for all that you do every day. Together, we achieve more.