National Disability Independence Day

In 1990, a historic bill was signed that changed the lives of millions of American who live with disabilities.


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ensured that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in American life. It is hard to believe that prior to the ADA, it was not illegal to dismiss someone’s employment application because of a disability, regardless of their abilities to perform the job. Prior to the ADA it was not unusual for many with disabilities to be “shut-ins” because public transportation and services were not accommodating to the disabled.


The ADA is considered one of our nation’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation, and it is appropriate that it is commemorated in the month of our nation’s independence.


When you see a ramp entrance to a store; a barrier-free museum; sign language used at a public hearing; or any of the other accommodations we take for granted that allow those with disabilities access to services, goods and communications, thank the ADA