This year is the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. The ADA National Network , formed in 1991, celebrates 30 years of service as the nation’s provider of guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act. The purpose of the ADA law is to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places open to the public. It protects the rights of the disabled, people like you and me, to enjoy the same access and opportunities as everyone else.
Many dedicated people have fought long and hard for these protections and it seems the battle is never quite over in everyday life. Have you felt the sting and indignity of discrimination or the frustration of not being able to access a job application, lodging or transportation of your choice, or perhaps the voting process because you are disabled?
Read our article about the ADA National Network. Discover the best resource to learn about the ADA and your rights under the ADA so you can be your own best advocate!
Be sure to read the VisionAware Peer Advisors’ post on Everyday Implications for the ADA and read about special exemptions and services for people who are blind or visually impaired.