Today, we come together to commemorate the 33rd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)! A day of reflection, appreciation, and celebration of the incredible progress we’ve made in inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities.
The ADA, signed into law on July 26, 1990, and was a pivotal push towards equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. This groundbreaking legislation aimed to eliminate discrimination and create inclusion in society that values the contributions of people with disabilities.
The passing of the ADA was not easy. It took dedication from countless advocates such as Judith Heumann to name one of many, who fearlessly lead the charge in speaking out and fighting for our rights. This advocacy and determination pushed boundaries, leading to a more accessible world for millions globally.
The spirit of advocacy has continued to grow stronger, louder and larger. Countless organizations, community leaders, and passionate individuals have tirelessly worked to raise awareness, educate society, and ensure that the promises of the ADA are realized in every aspect of life.
Today, we take a moment to look in the rear view mirror and recognize the progress we’ve made since the ADA’s inception. Remarkable advancements in accessible infrastructure, technology, education, employment opportunities, and healthcare. However, today also reminds us that our work is far from done. There is still so much to achieve in terms of inclusion and breaking down remaining barriers.
Today is a call to action for continued advocacy. Together, we can build a world where we are all treated with dignity and respect, regardless of ability. Let’s make a commitment to a future where accessibility is not an afterthought but an integral part of our collective mindset.
I’m proud to be a small part of this movement in my lifetime.
Happy Anniversary of ADA!