July 26th marks the celebration of the 31st anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.” (https://adata.org/learn-about-ada)
This important civil rights law ensures that all people with disabilities have the same opportunities and rights as everyone else.
Did you know that before the ADA, businesses could say that wheelchairs were a hazard and refuse them access?
Before the ADA businesses could legally pay someone with a disability less for the same work as someone without a disability.
Before the ADA it was difficult or impossible for people in wheelchairs to use public transportation.
Awesome in Action supports the ADA and celebrates the 31st anniversary by spreading awareness about this important law!
To learn more about the ADA and what it means for people with disabilities check out https://adata.org/learn-about-ada
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