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Celebrating the 27th Anniversary of the ADA
July 26 marks 27 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in front of 3,000 people on the White House lawn, marking a historical benchmark and a milestone in America’s commitment to full and equal opportunity for all of its citizens.
The ADA’s purpose was and is to ensure the civil rights of people with disabilities. This legislation - the world's first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities - established a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities.
The ADA has expanded opportunities for Americans with disabilities by reducing barriers and changing perceptions, and increasing full participation in community life.
Throughout the year and on the ADA Anniversary, the ADA National Network participates in celebrating this landmark event as a way of bringing attention to the important work that has been done to promote equal opportunity for people with disabilities and to highlight the work that is yet to be done.
Throughout the year, the ADA Network encourages individuals and organizations to celebrate and support the ADA several ways. One way, according to the ADA Network, is to sign the PLEDGE ON! to the ADA.
To pledge to recommit to full implementation of the ADA, individuals can log onto adaanniversary.org/pledge, organizations and government entities can visit adaanniversary.org/proclamation and faith communities can go to adaanniversary.org/faithcommunity.
“By signing, your name and state will display (after review) on this website. We will only use your information to contact you with questions on your signed pledge and to keep you up to date on ADA National Network activities,” according to the ADA Network’s pledge page.
The ADA Network - which has 10 regional ADA Centers located throughout the U.S.- also offers the ADA Anniversary Tool Kit, which has additional ways to show commitment to the ADA throughout the year and annually for the ADA Anniversary on July 26.
For ADA information, guidance and training, contact your ADA Center in the ADA National Network, adata.org/national-network#map, at 1-800-949-4232.
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