Celebrating The 25th Anniversary Of The Americans With Disabilities Act

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on July 31, 2015 # Advocacy and Policy

As the nation celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) this week, our friends at the ACL continues their guest blog series with blogs from leaders in the disability community.

For decades, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research has funded the ADA National Network, a consortium of 10 regional organizations dedicated to the successful implementation of the ADA. In this blog post, Robin Jones of the Great Lakes ADA reflects on the progress made since the ADA’s passage, and the work yet to be done to ensure full inclusion of individuals with disabilities.

The ADA National Network: Celebrating and Improving

By Robin Jones, Director, Great Lakes ADA Center, Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago

- What is the ADA?

- Are we required to provide a sign language interpreter at a public meeting?

- How many inches off the ground does a toilet paper dispenser have to be?

- Are we required to provide someone with a private office?

These are just a few of the questions that ADA National Network members respond to on a daily basis. No question is a bad question. They only serve as reminders of the need for awareness and education that still exists in our local communities.

The 25th anniversary of the ADA is a time for reflection and celebration. It is also a time to look back at the strategies that have (and have not) worked to promote compliance with the ADA and consider the work that lies ahead.

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