Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act on the 31st Anniversary

Today we celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law on July 26, 1990, following years of advocacy by the disability community, advocates, and allies.

While tremendous wins have been achieved over the past three decades, the work to ensure access to and integration in the community, jobs, housing, and healthcare continues in every state in this country. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated what was already known: nursing homes can be dangerous settings for people with disabilities and underfunded Medicaid programs have forced too many into congregate settings.

Medical rationing and emergency planning policies continue to discriminate against people with disabilities and threaten to give their personal ventilators to others deemed more likely to survive. As our country reopens its economy, people with disabilities must not be an afterthought in reopening plans as we create a “new normal”.  

 The ADA was designed to eliminate discrimination against disabled people and create clear, consistent anti-discrimination standards. It is the legal backbone that we lean on to challenge systemic discrimination. 

On this 31st anniversary, we celebrate and we move forward, knowing what’s at stake.