About Disability Independence Day
National Disability Independence Day, celebrated annually on July 26th, commemorates passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the U.S. law prohibiting discrimination against those with disabilities.
On July 26th 1990, then-President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans With Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications and state and local government services.
The landmark legislation has served as a de facto bill of rights for Americans with impairments by assuring their access to economic and civic opportunities. Its passage represented an unprecedented bipartisan effort to acknowledge the centuries of discrimination suffered by the disabled community, and a fundamental change to how they live their lives.
Although the ADA act has helped millions of Americans with disabilities achieve equal treatment for disabled individuals, there are still barriers to public accommodation that corporations and business owners still need to be aware of.
Most importantly, ADA does not just focus on facilities any longer. Desktop, tablet, apps, and mobile are all required to be accessible – to everyone.
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