Celebrating the Legacy and Impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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Celebrating the Legacy and Impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

July 26, 2024 marks the 34th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark piece of legislation that transformed the landscape of accessibility and inclusion in the United States.

Signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, the ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, and telecommunications.  

As we celebrate this significant milestone, it’s essential to reflect on the progress made, acknowledge the challenges that remain, and renew our commitment to advancing the rights and opportunities of people with disabilities. 

Ongoing Efforts

Despite the progress made since the passage of the ADA, significant challenges remain in achieving full inclusion and equality for people with disabilities. Access barriers persist in many areas, including employment, education, healthcare, and housing. Additionally, attitudes and stereotypes about disability continue to shape societal perceptions and contribute to discrimination and exclusion.

Addressing these challenges requires a concerted effort from government, businesses, advocacy organizations, and society as a whole. It involves not only ensuring compliance with the ADA’s requirements but also promoting a culture of inclusion and diversity that values the contributions and experiences of people with disabilities.

As we celebrate the 34th anniversary of the ADA, let us reaffirm our commitment to building a more inclusive and accessible society for people of all abilities. Let us honor the legacy of the ADA by continuing to advocate for equal rights and opportunities, challenging barriers and discrimination, and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of life. By working together, we can create a world where everyone, regardless of disability, can thrive and contribute to their fullest potential.

Get Involved on Social Media:

Tag us in a social media post and use the hashtag #ThanksToTheADA:

  • Facebook: @DisabilityRightsCalifornia
  • Twitter: @DisabilityCA

Share a moment in your life when you were thankful for the ADA or what the ADA means to you, and/or how we as a community can continue the conversations on equality and civil rights.

Get to Know the History of the ADA


The ADA was first introduced to Congress

May 4, 1977

Section 504 regulations were issued, which formed the basis of the ADA. Section 504 regulations were established, recognizing the economic status of people with disabilities was not due to the disability itself, but was instead due to prejudices and barriers.

July 26, 1990

The ADA was enacted in to law with a signing ceremony at the White House


The Olmstead Act, or Olmstead v. LC Supreme Court decision was based on the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Supreme Court held that people with disabilities have a qualified right to receive state funded supports and services in the community rather than institutions. For more information, visit https://www.olmsteadrights.org/.

For more history, visit this Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund: https://dredf.org/about-us/publications/the-history-of-the-ada/ or ADA Network at: https://adata.org/learn-about-ada

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