National Disability Institute celebrates 34 years of advocacy and inclusion

Thirty-four 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 34th 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.

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 19-year commitment to building a better financial future for all people with disabilities. Join us.

NDI Staff

For 19 years…

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.

Disability and Employment eLearning Modules
DEI Best Practices Highlights
Employment Network (EN) Tools and Resources
DEI Seen & Heard Series
DEI Seen & Heard Innovation Series
Quick Reference Guides: Serving Returning Citizens with Disabilities
Interactive Data Visualization Tool: WIOA Disability-Related Reporting
Financial Resilience Center: Financial Health During COVID-19
The ABLE National Resource Center (ABLE NRC)
Assistive Technology Loan Program
Myths about Earning Income While on Social Security Disability Benefits
The ADA: Paving the Way for Assistive Technology
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BLOG: Americans with Disabilities Offer Unique Skills to Companies

Americans with Disabilities Act: Countdown to the 30th Anniversary

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