On July 26, 2017, National Disability Institute (NDI) celebrated the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The ADA, passed in 1990, is a milestone civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life. The ADA levels the playing field for people with disabilities and assures equal treatment and opportunities for people with disabilities on the job, in school, in the community, in transportation and telecommunications and more.
The anniversary of the ADA was an important reminder that although many protections and opportunities for people with disabilities have been created, there is still much work to be done to build a better financial future for people with disabilities. NDI Board Chair Alexandra McArthur expressed her gratitude toward the ADA, along with her hope for "changes in financial policy that we still need to see" in this blog: Beyond Curb Cuts: The ADA and Prosperity.
July 26 also represented another important anniversary for NDI – the first anniversary of the DISABLE POVERTY campaign.
NDI launched DISABLE POVERTY on July 26, 2016. DISABLE POVERTY is a campaign designed to increase awareness about disability and poverty in America. To commemorate the halfway point of this two-year campaign, NDI released a new outreach video: "Disability and Poverty in America." Disability and poverty create barriers to employment, education and economic stability. Watch the video to learn more about this important issue.
BLOG: "The Transformative Power of Work and Inclusion: Reflections on the Americans with Disabilities Act" by Rebecca Salon
BLOG: "The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Who Needs It?" by the ADA Center
BLOG: "27 Years Ago" by Michael Morris