2015 Marks the 25th Anniversary of The ADA

On July 26 twenty five years ago through the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), America committed itself to elimination discrimination against people with disabilities. The United States Department of Justice – Civil Rights Division proudly plays a critical role in enforcing the ADA laws, working toward a future where all doors open to equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, integration and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities.

To raise awareness for the ADA, The Road To Freedom tour bus hit the road for a cross country tour beginning in July 2014.  The bus has toured the nation since then spreading the message that “Disability Rights Are Civil Rights”.

The ADA Legacy Project is on a mission to Preserve, Celebrate and Educate.

The American Disabilities Act was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990.  This is an act which prohibits discrimination based upon disability.  It affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal.  The ADA additionally requires covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, and imposes accessibility requirements on public accommodations.

July 26 is a very important day in history for people with disabilities.  Major cities will celebrate this milestone with events nationally.

Find out about ADA celebrations in your area Here