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.
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.