The Americans with Disabilities Act Celebrates 29 Years — Braille Works

Seymour, wearing a party hat, blowing a noise maker, and pointing to the words, “Happy 29th Anniversary ADA”
Seymour, wearing a party hat, blowing a noise maker, and pointing to the words, “Happy 29th Anniversary ADA”

Today is a Reason for Celebration, Reflection, and Action

On July 26, 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. That means we’ve had 29 years of the ADA! To date, the ADA is the most solid law helping people with disabilities.

Why Did Equality Take So Long?

Until the veterans of World War II came home, it was uncommon to see people with disabilities in the community. Like most families, the families of veterans with disabilities advocated for fair treatment and rights for their loved ones. The problem was that they were speaking on an individual basis and did not draw enough attention for a real change.

Power in Numbers

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Eight multi-colored hands raised in the air with hearts on their palms

Strengthening The ADA

In 2008, amendments were made to better define the ADA. The changes came in 2017 and widened the scope of what defines having a disability. The amendment also strengthens equal access for people in public accommodations; also known as Title III organizations.

It’s Not Too Late

The anniversary of the signing of the is the perfect day to make sure you’re compliant. It’s not too late to catch up to 29 years of law. Start by consulting with or hiring an ADA compliance officer. Then, learn where you need to improve your ADA compliance, create a plan, and adhere to it.

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