Celebrating 30 Years of the ADA

Posted by Reeve Foundation Staff in Daily Dose on July 20, 2020 # News, Advocacy and Policy

*Updated July 22, 2020 at 9:27AM ET

On July 26, 2020 we celebrate the 30 years of the progress and inclusion of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The law guarantees and 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 to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. There are five titles or sections focused on employment, education, transportation, state and local government, public accommodations, and telecommunications. ADA 30 logo

In an interview with USA Today, Will Reeve said “instead of simply praising what this law has accomplished, we must use this anniversary as a launch pad to safeguard the rights of individuals living with disabilities so that equality becomes part of our everyday existence.”

We will continue to support and push for accessibility across the board. While there have been significant strides thanks to the ADA, we have only scratched the surface on reaching true equality for the 56.7 million Americans living with disabilities.

Below is a list of events that lead up to the 30th anniversary of the ADA. Make sure to join and attend to learn more.

The ADA at 30: “Let the Shameful Wall of Exclusion Come Down” on July 21 at 1:30 pm, ET.

The ADA at 30: “A Vision for a Future with Full Inclusion and Equity" on July 23 at 11:00 am, ET.

The Epilepsy Foundation: "Celebrating 30 Years: ADA Architects Reflect on Historic Importance and Road Ahead" on July 23 at 2:00 pm, ET.

Paralyzed Veterans of America: "ADA 30: Celebrating Access, Highlighting Remaining Barriers" on July 23 at 2:00 pm, ET.

National Alliance of Multicultural Disabled Advocates (NAMD Advocates): "Decolonizing Dreams: A BIPOC Celebration of ADA30" on July 24 - July 26 at 1 pm, ET.

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the ADA with the launch of https://ADAchronicles.org on July 22, 2020.

These events are co-hosted by Senator Murray and Senator Casey with help.senate.gov:

To learn more about the principles of the ADA, our Paralysis Resource Guide provides comprehensive information on the legislation.

Sources: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, The U.S. Department of Justice

Photo Credit: ADA National Network (adata.org)

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