July 26 marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) give civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities, similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. The ADA and ADAAA also ensure equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities for access to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications.
- Four sections of the ADA guarantee basic rights for individuals with developmental and other disabilities:
- Title 1 guarantees the same employment opportunities and benefits available to people without disabilities.
- Title 2 ensures equal access to programs, services and activities operated by state and local governments.
- Title 3 ensures equal access to public programs, services, buildings and activities operated by private businesses.
- Titles 2-3 of the ADA ensure equal access to public and private transportation, including buses, trains, taxis and subways.
- Title 4 ensures telecommunications – such as internet, phone and video – is accessible to people with disabilities.
There are several ways you can celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ADA:
- Sign the pledge: Individuals, businesses and organizations, and faith-based organizations can sign a pledge recommitting to living the principles of the ADA – equal opportunities for all. Sign the pledge www.adaanniversary.org/pledgeon.
- Attend the ADA fair: Stop by Columbus Commons on Thursday, July 26 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at the ADA Vendor Fair, sponsored by the ADA 25 Celebration Planning Committee. DODD, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, and the Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities, along with other disability-related vendors and organizations, will participate. This also is a stop on the ADA Legacy Bus Tour, a traveling exhibit designed to raise awareness and build excitement about the 25th anniversary of the ADA.