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Celebrate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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Today, we are fortunate enough to take wheelchair accessible parking spaces and ramps for granted. We probably don’t think twice when we see braille on a sign in an office building, but that wasn’t always the case. Every year, July 26 marks the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Signed into law today by then-President George HW Bush, this landmark law promotes equal opportunity for people with disabilities with the mission to “enable every person with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality.”

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Based on a 1986 assessment of federal laws and programs that affect people with disabilities, the ADA is similar to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in that it protects against discrimination. It also requires public places such as restaurants, hotels, parks and retail stores to make reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities.

Worldwide, more than a billion people live with a disability. With determination, we can fight for equality for all. Indeed, the ADA was enacted after a group of people with disabilities banded together to make a difference in their daily lives. Inspired by the activism of Ed Roberts, who is known as the father of the disability rights movement and was the first student to attend the University of California, Berkeley in a wheelchair in 1962, the movement gathered pace and received enthusiastic support from people from all walks of life. capacities.

This month, take a moment to thank everyone who paved the way (literally and figuratively!) for equality. And be one of those people yourself – small things can become big over time. If you notice a company that pays special attention to accessibility, say thank you. And when interacting with someone with a disability, remember that it’s always okay to ask if someone wants a helping hand, but it’s also essential to respect someone if they refuse. Don’t assume they need help without asking first. Everyone plays a role in an inclusive community.

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