The disability civil rights movement began long ago. There are many memorable milestones in the fight along the way. July 26, 1990, certainly marks an important date with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) being signed into law by President George Bush.
This law helps make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights as everyone else to live the lives they choose. The ADA made it easier for people with a disability to take part more fully in their communities. The law covers areas such as jobs, state and local government, and public housing.
ADA is the law that requires public places to have accessible ramps, seating, and parking spots. This includes places like restaurants, theatres, and libraries. It requires that telephone and internet companies provide services for people with hearing and speech disabilities. It also mandates closed captioning and other accommodations on TV and recordings of federally funded communications.
You can learn more about the ADA on the ada National Network. They offer information, help, and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Their website also includes a Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) section. The Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) offers information about The History of the Americans with Disabilities Act and more.
Take a look at our pages on Taking Initiative to Support and Advocate for Children With Disabilities and After School Activities and Programs for Students with Disabilities and Find Services, Groups and Events for more information about this important topic.
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