Milestones leading up to the ADA

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.

Passage of the ADA took years of work and involved numerous precursors that provided important rights and services to individuals with disabilities.

Important events that preceded the passage of this law include:

ADA Timeline

Celebrating 20 years of the ADA with a world record

In 2010, the Reeve Foundation marked 20 years since the enactment of the ADA by arranging for 193 people to set the then Guinness World Record for the largest moving wheelchair line.