The Americans with Disabilities Act
The 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is July 26th. The ADA was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, and is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation.
The ADA prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life: to enjoy equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency. This year will be the ADA’s 31st anniversary!
The ADA Anniversary provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress made in advancing disability rights, and recommit ourselves to continued advocacy to ensure the goals of the ADA are fully realized.
- Celebrate the ADA by joining the AAPD Virtual ADA Celebration on Tuesday July 27th at 7 Pm Eastern. Registration is required. For more information and to register: 2021 ADA Celebration Tickets, Tue, Jul 27, 2021 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite
- There may be a local celebration in your community! Check with your Center for Independent Living: Find an Independent Living Center | Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Learn more about the Americans with Disabilities Act by exploring the resources below:
- Timeline of the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Overview of the ADA
- #ADA31 – Celebrate. Learn. Share. | ADA Anniversary Tool Kit
- DRW’s ADA 30th anniversary page includes videos from Wisconsin advocates reflecting on the impact of the ADA
- ADA Anniversary Packet – Great Lakes ADA Center (adagreatlakes.org)
- Voting Rights Are Human Rights: In Our Own Voices, a new publication from the Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition (coming soon!)
- 2020 Celebration of the ADA and its Impact on Voting Rights
ADA 31st Anniversary image credit: ADA National Network (adata.org) 1-800-949-4232