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Countdown to ADA's 25th: Take the Pledge

Preparations are already underway for the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 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. Divided into five sections (employment, state and local government, public accommodations, telecommunications, and miscellaneous provisions), the ADA promotes the improvement of various aspects of public life for people with disabilities.

In preparation for the celebration, the ADA National Network and the ten regional ADA Centers located throughout the United States set a goal of 25,000 signatures for the 25th Anniversary through their “PLEDGE-ON to the ADA” campaign. The theme of the campaign is to have “People Leading and Ensuring Diversity, Gaining Experience and Opportunities Now… and beyond” by encouraging people and organizations to commit to expanding these opportunities for another 25 years and beyond.

Ticket to Work is proud to take part in the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the signing of the ADA.

For more ADA information, guidance and training, contact your ADA Center in the ADA National Network at 1-800-949-4232 (voice/TTY).


Celebrating Independence on the 24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act


Earlier this month Americans celebrated our nation's independence. This week, we celebrate the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

On July 26th 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. The ADA, he declared, was “. . .the world’s first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities.” Its impact was monumental. From employment and transportation, to government services and telecommunications, the ADA promised equal access and equal opportunity for people with disabilities from all walks of life.

For twenty-four years the ADA has ensured people with disabilities protection from employment discrimination, equal access to public places like schools, businesses, and government buildings, and access to communications technology enabling the free transmission of ideas and information. And as a result, more people with disabilities than ever are able to achieve their potential. In the words of Bob Williams, former Associate Commissioner for Social Security's Office of Employment Support Programs, “The Americans with Disabilities Act works.”  Mr. Williams was a leader in the fight to pass the ADA and witnessed the signing ceremony.


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.