On Monday, July 26th, President Joe Biden held a ceremony at the White House to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“Thirty-one years ago, on July 26, 1990, our nation moved closer to fulfilling its fundamental promise when we passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark law reaffirms and protects the fundamental rights of people with disabilities – the right to equal opportunities, economic independence, independent living, and equal participation in every aspect of American life. For more than three decades, ADA has made our communities, our economy, and our country stronger and more vibrant. It has helped preserve the dignity of the estimated 61 million Americans living with disabilities – in short, it is a triumph of American civil rights. “
President George HW Bush signed the law and put it into practice. At that time, President Biden was a co-sponsor of the ADA as a member of the US Senate. Since the ADA was passed, the Civil Rights Division has enforced its protection and defended the rights of people with disabilities in the United States.
The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life, including workplaces, schools, transportation, and all public and private places open to the public. The aim is to ensure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA grants civil rights to people with disabilities based on race, skin color, gender, nationality, origin, age and religion. It guarantees equal opportunities for people with disabilities in public housing, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.
Learn more about the ADA – adata.org/learn-about-ada