July marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of our nation’s proudest civil rights triumphs. By prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities in the workplace and beyond, the ADA ensures anyone with a disability has the opportunity to enter the workforce and can seek out jobs with confidence. Thanks to the ADA, many workers with disabilities around the country have enjoyed the dignity that comes from work − and have made our economy stronger as a result.
Here is how you can join us as we celebrate this month:
Explore the timeline: Learn about the laws regarding disability employment through the years with our historical timeline. From the passage of the Smith-Fess Act in 1920 to recent strides in increasing competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities, the Labor Department has always fought to protect, promote and expand employment opportunities.
Connect with us: In early July, Secretary Perez will be taking your questions on Twitter to talk about the strides the Labor Department has made on disability employment and the work still ahead. Before then, join the conversation on Twitter using the #ADA25.
Share your story: As we celebrate the contributions of people with disabilities this month and every month, we want to hear about your experience with disability in the workplace. Take the next two minutes to share your story here.
People with disabilities enjoy and deserve the feelings of pride and purpose that come from being a part of the workforce. They want to be independent, self-sufficient and valued members of society.
Don’t forget to check back here on our blog regularly to read insightful posts from guests all month long as we celebrate of 25 years of equality for workers, regardless of their ability.
Meredith Ausenbaugh is an intern at the U.S. Department of Labor.