Celebrating Presidents' Day: Honoring George H. W. Bush and the Signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act
In honor of Presidents’ Day, we wanted to acknowledge President George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States (1989 – 1993) for signing into law the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).
The law was enacted by Congress in 1990 and was signed into law on July 26, 1990. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities. The ADA also establishes requirements for telecommunications relay services.
Over the last 23 years, the ADA has helped assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities of all ages and races. The ADA has had far-reaching ramifications: more students with disabilities are graduating from high school and college, and more Americans with disabilities are receiving the support they need to live and thrive in their communities. With the emergence of the Internet and other digital technologies, ADA requirements have helped provide people with disabilities with equal access to education, employment and many other facets of life through accessibility rules for software and devices.
Since the ADA was signed into law, a lot of progress has been made, but there is still much work to be done. This is especially true with regard to promoting long-term employment and financial independence of people with disabilities and their families. This is where the Ticket to Work program comes into play.
Since its launch, the Ticket program has helped people with disabilities with the opportunities, services and support they need to become and remain employed. Many have earned their way off Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, and created better lives and futures for themselves and their families.
Are you ready to work? When you are ready to change your life through work, try Ticket to Work. Explore www.socialsecurity.gov/work for more information about the program, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).