By the Disability.gov Team
July marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The hard work of advocates, legislators and other founding men and women who had a hand in this historical piece of legislation will be recognized, in addition to the law itself. Their tireless efforts led to inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities after years of discrimination.
The impact of the ADA can be seen in the lives it has changed throughout the past 25 years. This landmark legislation helps protect the rights of people with disabilities in five key areas: employment, state and local government facilities and services, public accommodations, telecommunications and transportation. The ADA not only protects people with disabilities from discrimination, but also allows them to fully participate in the workforce and their communities.
To celebrate this important anniversary, federal, state and local agencies and organizations throughout the country are hosting events and activities highlighting the ADA. The U.S. Department of Labor, for instance, is focusing on how the ADA has impacted employment with its Advancing Equal Access to Opportunity webpage. Featuring a timeline of disability and employment milestones, it takes a look back at the evolution of the ADA. The webpage also includes real-life stories from people with disabilities throughout the country about the impact the ADA has had on their lives and in their workplaces. Visit the webpage to share your own story!
Celebrate ADA 25 with Disability.gov
All month long, you can follow Disability.gov on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for content related to the 25th anniversary of the ADA. View the new social media toolkit and show your support by posting on social media using the hashtag #DgovADA25. Read ADA 25 Disability.Blog posts, including this one from the Smithsonian Institution on its ADA celebrations. Finally, keep an eye out for Disability.gov’s third annual No Boundaries Photo Project, which profiles seven amazing individuals who share their life stories and discuss their experiences working with a disability. Subscribe to Disability.gov so you don’t miss out.
Disability.gov Guides You to Civil Rights Information
Disability.gov also provides guides to information and resources to help visitors learn more about its 10 topic areas. If you want to learn more about the ADA and other disability rights legislation, visit Disability.gov’s Guide to Disability Rights Laws. It breaks down the ADA into easy-to-read segments. Disability.gov’s Civil Rights section also has a broad range of information about the ADA and other laws that protect your right to fully participate in all that your community has to offer.
These are just a few of the many ways Disability.gov makes it easy for you to find helpful information and resources. We invite you to share this information with family and friends and visit Disability.gov to learn more.