33 Years | Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

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33 Years | Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

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During this Disability Pride Month, we celebrate the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which was signed into law 33 years ago today. The ADA greatly expanded protections to include matters of physical accessibility, transportation, employment, government services, and other areas of public life.  

Today, 33 years later, we see the impacts of the ADA in nearly every public space, from curb cuts in sidewalks, to ramps and elevators in buildings and closed captions on TV.  

While this landmark legislation did dramatically change the lives of people with disabilities, it is still not enough. Implementation and compliance with ADA standards remains inadequate, particularly for certain communities. People with disabilities are twice as likely to live in poverty and four times more likely to experience homelessness. They experience higher rates of unemployment and earn less than workers who do not have a disability. 

Today, we remind you of our Disability Pride Month calls to action, along with some new ways to celebrate & honor 33 years of the ADA.