ADA Testimonial – Share your Story

ADA Testimonial – Share your Story


In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), The Ability Center is asking individuals to share about their experience before and after the law was passed.

Quotes, photos, and videos will be shared throughout the month of July leading up to the anniversary on July 26.


Tim Harrington,
Ability Center Executive Director

July 26, 1990, seems like yesterday in some ways. The signing ceremony on the lawn of The White House was the culmination of years of hard work and advocacy by hundreds of disability organizations across the country. As I looked through the crowd of over 2,500 people, many with disabilities, it reinforced how perseverance is the key to success.
With temperatures in the mid 90s, we watched as President Bush signed the ADA into law. I was accompanied by Chris, my spouse, and work colleague Dale Abell. We watched as legislators from both sides of the aisle reached across party lines to move the rights of people with disabilities to center stage. It was a day I’ll never forget.

Tim's Signature

  • Your testimonial should answer the question, “Where were you when the ADA was passed?" Recount your exact location and emotions as you look back to July 26, 1990. Share about your experience pre-ADA, personal journey as an advocate for disability rights, or look back at how far we’ve come. In 30 years, we have seen significant improvements but many barriers still exist for people with disabilities.
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