3 Things You Can Do to Celebrate 25 Years of the ADA



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.

Screenshot of a timeline for the ADA

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.


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As a parent of a 16 son with severe autism, I'm grateful for all that the ADA has done and what it stands for. One day a week my son goes to my office delivers mail, collects trash and operates the shredder. Operating the shredder is his favorite. Also, there are many wonderful companies such as Publix Supermarkets that go out of their way to employ persons with disabilities.

All I can say is Thank-You!!

The Americans with Disabilities Act is committed to providing me with access to the places where I need or can go.
Since I switch from crutches to permanent wchair user, I realized how many things even in such big city as NY, not accessible.
My first step was even before ADA was born, to make our building wchair accessible. Meanwhile on July 26, 1990 President Bush signed the ADA.
Therefore, my first success was accessible building where I live. After I realized, that I’m not alone and other PWD should to learn how to approach not only your neighborhood business, which is important too, but the buildings where you live by inform your landlords about their responsibilities and your rights. ADA cover accessibility entrances to public places, as post office, polls, government-building, businesses. In order for people with disabilities to participate in society, they first must be able to enter places. Once that access is provided, other forms of accessibility will follow, such as wide aisles and accessible rest rooms, braille signs for blind and other things. The same about outside- cross streets, curb cuts, signal light for blind or low vision.When we are talking about accessibility, don’t forget that accessible transportation is part of it too.
Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) I was able to continue my education and work in places where I wouldn’t go if it wasn’t wchair accessible and made accommodations whenever it possible.
ADA- is a great tool for PWD, to fight to eliminate the barriers that prevent PWD from enjoying full equality in American society as everyone else. However, it is just a tool and if we wouldn’t use it, we never get rich our goal, a freedom of independence.
World wasn’t built for us! We need to change it for our life!
People with disabilities should have the same access to any building, recreational and exercise opportunities as everyone else.
Luda Demikhovskaya
Brooklyn, NY

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