20th Anniversary of ADA to Be Celebrated Around the Country

For many who were there, it’s hard to believe the Americans with Disabilities Act turns 20 on July 26. While much work remains to be done, the ADA’s accomplishments have been legion. It has raised the bar on accessibility in workplaces, homes, movie theaters, parking lots, restaurants, government buildings — the list goes on and on. And the ADA has reached far deeper than physical accommodations. The principles that drove the passage of the ADA have seeped into America’s consciousness, changing the way we view disability from “other” to “us.”

Many celebratory events are slated for the week of July 19-26 in Washington, D.C., and AAHDstaff plans to participate in many of them. At a recent meeting, AAHD Executive Director Roberta Carlin noted the ADA’s upcoming anniversary, “Since I began working in the disability field in the mid-1970s, there has been tremendous progress in securing the civil rights of children and adults with disabilities. However, we must continue to work together in solidarity, so the promise of equality and equal access for every citizen is kept for future generations. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ADA reminds us how far we have come and the distance that remains.” Please monitor AAHD’s activities during the ADA celebrations on our website at www.aahd.us or AAHD fans can follow us on Facebook.