President Biden recognized the 31st anniversary of the signing of the ADA, calling the passage of the law a “testament not only to fearless advocacy, but to bipartisan progress” and “a triumph of American civil rights.” The proclamation, noting that “the fight for equitable access and inclusion is far from over,” outlines the Administration’s goals to build on the legacy of the ADA and improve opportunities for people with disabilities.
The Biden-Harris Administration also issued a fact sheet on disability-related initiatives and resources, including resources to support individuals with Long COVID, improve access to voting, increase funding for home- and community-based services, and enhance education and employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) observes the 31st anniversary of the ADA by sharing resources on issues such as integrated employment, affordable housing, and equity in education.
Dr. Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, the new Director of the ACL’s National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR, the agency which funds our ADA National Network), also shared her perspectives on growing up as part of the post-ADA generation, gaining her education and developing her identity as a “brown, disabled, adopted scholar-activist.”
The Access Board observed the ADA anniversary with a review of its work developing accessibility guidelines and standards under the ADA and other federal laws, as well as highlights of its recent activities, such as the release of its summary report on Inclusive Design of Autonomous Vehicles: A Public Dialogue.
The U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly issued this guidance to explain when people who experience long-lasting effects from COVID-19 (“long COVID”) may meet the definition of disability under the ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Financial Planning Resources for People with Disabilities
Secure Your Financial Future: A Toolkit for Individuals with Disabilities is a resource from the U.S. Department of Labor designed to help people with disabilities chart a path to success, from job preparation to retirement.
The Arc’s Center for Future Planning offers a variety of resources in English and Spanish for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and professionals who support them.