By the Disability.gov Team
In 27 days, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will celebrate its 25th anniversary. The hard work of advocates, legislators and other founding men and women who had a hand in this historical piece of legislation will be recognized, in addition to the law itself. Their tireless efforts led to inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities after years of discrimination.
The impact of the ADA can be seen in the lives it has changed throughout the past 25 years. This landmark legislation helps protect the rights of people with disabilities in five key areas: employment, state and local government facilities and services, public accommodations, telecommunications and transportation. The ADA not only protects people with disabilities from discrimination, but also allows them to fully participate in the workforce and their communities.