It was 25 years ago this month that President George H.W. Bush signed the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act that has significantly changed the way people with disabilities are able to interact with their communities.
Bush signed the legislation on July 26, 1990. The law has five main provisions (or Titles) that revamped national disabilities laws in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, telecommunications, and miscellaneous other areas.
In the ensuing years as the law’s provisions have been implemented, people with disabilities have been able to become much more included in their communities through increased employment options and greater access to community services and opportunities through the removal of potential barriers and the creation of increased support services.
WBOI, the National Public Radio affiliate in northeast Indiana, has produced a series about people with disabilities. To access the article and listen to the audio, click here.
For more information on ADA itself, click here.