The American with Disabilities Act remains landmark legislation that advanced the rights of individuals with disabilities. The act itself was signed into law on July 26th, 1990 and was modeled after previous legislation such as the Civil Rights Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The ADA has changed the lives of millions of Americans since its creation and it continues to do so everyday. Join DSLC in the month of July as we celebrate 30 years of change, reflect on what the ADA has impacted and ponder on what work still needs to be done.
To honor the ADA check back here regularly for links to articles and journals that speak about the impact of the ADA and reflect on all existing changes and all the work that still needs to be one. Make sure to visit our social media accounts to get even more information and content!
RE-WATCH THE SIGNING OF THE ADA
Watch the signing of an iconic act in American history in its full splendor. The Bush Presidential library has released the footage of the signing of the American with Disabilities Act, to view it follow the following link.
25 (30) Years After The ADA
Enjoy this expose of different opinion pieces written for the New York Times that explore the changes that have happened since the ADA was written into law. To view these opinion pieces please visit the following link.
ADA FOR THE NEXT GENERATION WEBINAR
Join Disability Action Coalition in a virtual celebration and policy forum to commemorate 30 years of the American with Disabilities Act. This will be a cross-disability celebration of our collective power, covering where we’ve been, what we’ve achieved, and where we need to go post-ADA! Celebrate with artists, advocates and activities from across California. To register please follow the following link to DAC’S website.
What Happens When You are Disabled but No One Can Tell – Andrew Solomon
The author and clinical psychologist Andrew Solomon examines the disabilities that ramps and reserved parking spots don’t address.
Long Road To Hollywood: Why Actors with Disabilities Have Yet to be Recognized: Wendy Lu
“The entertainment industry has always struggled to provide authentic representation of people with disabilities. In 2016, only 2.7% of characters in the 100 highest-earning movies were disabled, according to a report from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism” Learn more about the difficulties actors with disabilities face in hollywood.