Celebrating 31 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act
July 26th marks 31 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush. The Act was put in place to prohibit discrimination against disabled Americans in a plethora of areas; such as transportation, employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications, and access to state and local government’ programs and services.
Here are three ways you can help support and celebrate the ADA:
Staying informed is one of the simplest ways to kick of the festivities. While a piece of legislation can be challenging to dissect there are many other ways to stay informed.
Visit the ADA National Network to read the timeline of the Americans with Disabilities Act: https://adata.org/ada-timeline
Listen to the “A.D.A. Now!” episode of NPR’s podcast, Throughline. The episode offers first-person stories about the movement
Watch the documentary “Crip Camp – A Disability Revolution” on Netflix. It features a summer camp full of teens with disabilities pushing towards equality.
Use social media to share your support of the Americans with Disabilities Act:
I am proud to support the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 31st Anniversary. On July 26th, this important civil rights law 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. #ADA31 #ThanksToTheADA
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Written by: Marie McGrew
Marketing & Communications Intern
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