This week we want to honor an important piece of American legislation, On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. According to ada.gov, this legislation primarily ” prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life”. This is an “equal opportunity law”, similar to 1964’s Civil Rights Act.
One of the biggest tangible impacts of the ADA is regulations around new construction. The 2010 Standards are the most current guidelines, and mandate all public buildings to have accessibility ramps, elevators, and doors wide enough for wheelchairs. Even outside of these construction regulations, Michael Sack’s work on repairing Minneapolis sidewalks is an excellent example of how the ADA empowers citizens to make positive impacts.
At Communities of Care, we are happy to see ongoing progress in disability and accessibility advocacy! We are proud to make a measurable difference in our clients’ lives, and our community.
Cover photo from ADA National Network (www.adata.org) 1-800-949-4232.