Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

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Americans with Disabilities Act 33rd Anniversary

On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush, on the South Lawn of the White House with more than 3,000 people attending.

The civil rights law affirmed the dignity of every person, regardless of disability. The legislation prohibits discrimination by local and state governments, provides standards for privately owned businesses and commercial facilities, protects people with disabilities from discrimination in the workplace, and ensures equal access to healthcare, social services, transportation, and telecommunications.

Since its enactment, the United States made much progress toward the ADA’s promise of integration and inclusive communities. Americans with and without disabilities live, learn, work, play, and contribute, together.