ADA Anniversary: July 26

ADA Anniversary: Celebrate July 26!

red, white, and blue fireworksIt’s been nearly 27 years since the ADA was enacted in a festive outdoor ceremony attended by thousands. Overwhelming majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed the legislation, and it was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

The new law represented, for many, a promise of opportunities which had long been denied. President Bush compared signing the bill to taking a sledgehammer to a wall, “one which has for too many generations separated Americans with disabilities from the freedom they could glimpse, but not grasp.”

It took cooperation and compromise to craft the ADA all those years ago, and it will take continued collaboration to achieve its full promise. Celebrate July 26th by learning about the ADA, exploring the ADA National Network’s “Anniversary Tool Kit,” pledging your support to the ADA’s ideals of equal opportunity and inclusion, and taking action to bring those ideals to life in your own workplace, school, business, or community.

“ADA is only the beginning. It is not a solution. Rather, it is an essential foundation on which solutions will be constructed.” – Justin Dart