ADA Legacy

A notebook titled "The Americans with Disabilities Act" with a gavel on top of the notebook and a pen next to it.

THE POSITIVE CHANGES BROUGHT IN BY THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The U.S. Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, making it the country’s first civil rights legislation designed to meet the needs of disabled people. While within the last decades a lot of progress has been made in order to promote equality and human rights and to create a fairer world, disabled people still continue to face various discrimination, including discriminatory policy and access barriers. Yet disability rights advocates believe that a lot of work remains to be done if we are to reach our goals of equal opportunity, full participation, and community integration and inclusion for all disabled individuals.

The list below reflects some of the significant positive changes that have been done since the Americans with Disabilities Act has been passed in order in order to fully integrate the disabled people in our society:

  • Great improvements in access to public accommodations
  • More equal opportunities for people with all types of disabilities to receive a public education
  • Increased accessible public transportationA drawing of an access ramp.
  • Increased access to independent and community living
  • Public awareness about the ADA and disability etiquette
  • Misconceptions and prejudices can be more easily debunked
  • Social recognition of disabled people as full, contributing citizens
  • Service animals are more accepted in public
  • Greater social involvement among the disability community in all areas of societyA drawing of an accessible bathroom entry door with the following text: "Turning space can overlap clear floor space at elements and fixtures and door maneuvering clearances" and "Doors are permitted to swing into turning space."
  • More civic engagement, i.e. voting
  • Expanded employment opportunities for disabled people
  • Disabled athletes can thrive in adaptive sports
  • Support systems exist for people with all types of disabilities
  • There is a bigger presence of disability in the media
  • Adaptive products are more widely available.
  • There is a bigger focus on studying disability in academia
  • Paved the way for further legislative policy advancement for disability rights
  • Serves as a common bond for all people with disabilities in the United States
  • Provides a legal basis to maintain momentum in pursuing accessibility and justice
  • Helps prevent discriminatory actions or retaliation
  • Created a legacy for current and future generations of young activists as we carry the torch forward
  • Paved the way for further legislative policy advancement for disability rights
  • Serves as a common bond for all people with disabilities in the United States
  • Provides a legal basis to maintain momentum in pursuing accessibility and justice
  • Helps prevent discriminatory actions or retaliation
  • Created a legacy for current and future generations of young activists as we carry the torch forward