This year we celebrate the ADA turning 31! Also known as Disability Independence Day, 7/26 commemorates the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26th, 1990. While this was a great achievement and victory for disability rights, we still have many structural and systemic barriers to overcome. Disability rights are not achieved with the passage of one Act. Let's continue to work to protect equal rights and access!
What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
Image Description: Photo of disability rights advocates in wheelchairs protesting in front of a capital building with a sign that says "We shall overcome." (Source)
"The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. 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..." (Source)
Image Description: Photo of disability rights movement protesters calling for the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 with signs that say "It's illegal and a dog of a policy," "Lifts Not Lies," "Freedom Rider," and "Buses are for Everyone." (Source)
"For [over] thirty years, the ADA has afforded individuals with disabilities much needed and long overdue opportunities to battle the historical discrimination against them. It is seen by many as the first comprehensive federal statute addressing discrimination for the purposes of achieving equality, inclusion, and access for all. However, the fight goes on–to this day, individuals with disabilities continue to experience challenges in various aspects of public life. Through continued efforts in policy development, education, and outreach, individuals with disabilities will continue to receive the support and protection that they deserve to achieve equal opportunity and access to the mainstream of American life." - Franklin A. Carcamo (Source)
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Thursday, July 22, 2021,12:00 – 1:00pm. Join Us for Our Virtual Event: Make plans to join The Independence Center online for our 2021 ADA Celebration event. This year, our speakers help us celebrate the Independent Living movement with personal stories illustrating the diverse meaning of the word “independence.” Where: To keep our community safe, our event will be hosted online this year. The event will be captioned and ASL interpretation will be provided. Click here to reserve your spot