Today, on the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), TCDD celebrates the signing of the historic civil rights law that affirms and protects the dignity and rights of Americans with disabilities.
The ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990, following years of determined effort by disability advocates across the country. The landmark legislation prohibits discrimination of people with disabilities by local and state governments; provides standards for privately owned businesses and commercial facilities; stands against discrimination in the workplace; and ensures equal access to health care, social services, transportation, and telecommunications.
As TCDD recognizes this anniversary, we invite you to learn more and celebrate with us. On social media, you can share your story and see what other disability advocates are saying by using the hashtags #ThanksToTheADA and #ADA32. You can read ADA proclamations from the Texas Governor’s Office and the White House. You can also use the following resources to learn more about the ADA and its impact:
- ADA.gov, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice, provides ADA information — including how to report ADA violations — for people with disabilities, government agencies, businesses, and others. On the website, you can learn more about a variety of ADA-related topics, including how to report ADA violations.
- The ADA National Network provides information, guidance, and training on the ADA, including publications, fact sheets, and videos to help people with disabilities understand their rights and ensure businesses, employers, health care providers and others provide the equal access guaranteed by the ADA.
- The U.S. Administration for Community Living and the U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s Office for Civil Rights created a website to celebrate the ADA by telling the story of how the law came to be and showcasing progress made toward achieving the law’s promise.
- ADA Live! is a monthly podcast produced by the Southeast ADA Center. The podcast interviews leaders in the field sharing knowledge, experience, and strategies that increase the participation of people with disabilities in communities and businesses.