National Disability Institute celebrates 31 years of advocacy and inclusion
Thirty-one years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. Passed with bipartisan support, the ADA was the first set of comprehensive civil rights and protections for people with disabilities.
A note from Thomas Foley, NDI Executive Director
As we celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we recognize the people, organizations and allies that labored tirelessly for the passage of this watershed legislation. And while we can, and should, reflect upon the measurable successes of our past, we must also look to the future and take intentional steps to increase our authentic inclusion efforts, particularly for people with disabilities in Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities.
The ADA reads, in part, “the Nation’s proper goals regarding individuals with disabilities are to assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for such individuals.” These are not just goals or platitudes, but a promise. A promise for civil and economic justice, that inclusion and opportunity should, simply, be available to everyone. We will only accomplish this by working together. Corporations, government, allies and disability advocates all working toward the shared goal will make the promises of the ADA a reality for all people with disabilities. The ADA is not something to reflect upon only once a year, but it is an obligation, a shared responsibility, a vow, to what will be!
We, at National Disability Institute, will continue our 16-year commitment to building a better financial future for all people with disabilities. Join us.
Read the Blog: Reflections on the Past; Hopes for the Future — NDI Staff Celebrate the 31st Anniversary of the ADA, a compilation of our staff’s thoughts on the ADA and the profound effect it has had on the work we do.
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Essential Resources to Fulfill the Promise of the ADA
These resources, which focus on the employment and economic inclusion of people with disabilities, are essential supports to fulfill the promise of the ADA. We encourage you to check back for new items and share this online resource guide with others.
Americans with Disabilities Act: Countdown to the 30th Anniversary