Celebrate the Anniversary of the ADA Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990.
Chances are, you and your loved ones benefit every day from a law passed in 1990 called the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Used a handicapped parking space? Walked up a ramp instead of stairs when going to the town hall or post office? Live in an apartment modified for the mobility impaired? Used a large print menu at a restaurant or used closed captioning on television? The ADA made those advantages possible and legal.
The ADA has made big changes for people with disabilities and seniors in workplaces, public buildings, businesses, hospitals, colleges, and public agencies over the past 30 years.
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.
In 2008, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) was signed into law and became effective on January 1, 2009. The ADAAA made a number of significant changes to the definition of “disability.” The effects of ADAA have impacted employment practices, labor unions, state and local government agencies, and public accommodations for persons with a disability.
For Seniors Too
If you are not a person with a disability, but you are still a senior, you have benefited from the ADA Act and its effects on American society. Seniors don’t think of themselves as having a disability, according to the ADA, having a “physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity” means a person has a disability. According to the ADA National Network, “more than 30 percent of Americans over age 65 have some kind of disability, and over 50 percent of those over age 75.” The ADA Act helps seniors maintain independence and full functioning in every part of American society by putting civil rights protections in place.
Share Your #ThanksToTheADA Moment!
On July 26, 2020, celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the ADA National Network! On a social media platform of your choosing use #ThanksToTheADA to share what the ADA means to you. Share any media of your choosing, (video, picture, written word, or other) and include #ThanksToTheADA.