Celebrating 23 Years of the ADA!
The ADA National Network is celebrating 23 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act! While much progress has been made, much remains to be done. Please help us honor this landmark civil rights legislation!
On this page you will find the following information:
- Video of the Signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Reflections of the Past, Present, and Future
- History of the Americans with Disabilities Act
- ADA Amendments Act of 2008
Reflections of the Past, Present, and Future
In the Summer 2010 issue of our In Focus newsletter, Marian Vessels, Director of the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center, shares her feelings about the 20th anniversary of the signing of the American with Disabilities Act into law.
Reflections on a Promise
Mrs. Vessels also offers a very personal view on the importance of such a momentous event in a short video (different from above) published on YouTube. The clip is from a 22 minute video, Reflections on a Promise which is available for loan from the Center.
Check out these other videos:
[NOTE: These video links are being offered as a service. The ADA cannot gaurantee that all videos are properly captioned.]
- ADA National Network Anniversary Video
- Senator Harkin Celebrating the Anniversary of the ADA
- Epilepsy Foundation: ADA Anniversary Video
The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s gave rise to other civil rights movements, most notably the Women's Rights Movement and the Disability Rights Movement. While minorities and women were protected by civil rights legislation passed by the United States Congress during the 1960s, the rights of people with disabilities were not protected by federal legislation until much later. Read more on the history of the ADA.
On September 25, 2008, the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) was signed into law. It became effective on January 1, 2009.
The ADAAA makes important changes to the definition of the term "disability." The Act retains the ADA's basic definition of disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of such an impairment, or being regarded as having such an impairment. However, it changes the way these terms should be interpreted. Read more on the ADA Amendments Act.