It was signed on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush., and my parents used it the first year it went into effect in 1991. As someone with a disability, this act helped me get through school. It gave me my mainstream education. I received extra help because of it. I am here and successful because of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
This year, we celebrate the 26th anniversary. Here is video of the signing ceremony:
(Available with Open Captions and Audio Description via http://www.ada.gov/videogallery.htm#ADAsigning990)
“The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division is proud to play a critical role in enforcing the ADA, working towards a future in which all the doors are open to equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, integration and economic self-sufficiency for persons with disabilities.” – ADA.gov
The ADA is an equal opportunity law for people with disabilities, that was modeled on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. It is one of the most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation, prohibiting discrimination and guaranteeing people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else.
Those with disabilities can realize a mainstream life of employment, buying goods and services, and participating in state and local governments. The ADA’s protections cover a wide range of disabilities, and when combined with protections of the Rehabilitation Act, the ADA provides enhanced accessibility and special needs accommodations.
We’ve compiled a list of resources on the Americans with Disabilities Act below, if you are interested in learning more about the specifics and technicalities.
Text of the Law (https://www.ada.gov/pubs/adastatute08.htm)
Title II Regulations (https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/titleII_2010/titleII_2010_regulations.htm)
Title III Regulations (https://www.ada.gov/regs2010/titleIII_2010/titleIII_2010_regulations.htm)
ADA Standards for Accessible Design (https://www.ada.gov/2010ADAstandards_index.htm)
Regulations Under Development (https://www.ada.gov/newproposed_regs.htm)
Guide to Disability Rights Laws (https://www.ada.gov/cguide.htm)
ADA Technical Assistance Materials (https://www.ada.gov/ta-pubs-pg2.htm)
Department of Justice ADA Responsibilities (https://www.ada.gov/doj_responsibilities.htm)
Federal and ADA Disability Resources (https://www.ada.gov/ada_fed_resources.htm)
File an ADA Complaint (https://www.ada.gov/filing_complaint.htm)