By Cheryl Simas, Volunteer Blog Contributor
July 26th is Americans with Disabilities Day, and this year marks the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
First signed into effect in 1990, the ADA is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against anyone with a disability in the areas of employment, education, housing, transportation, and public services. It also guarantees accommodations and accessibility to health resources for individuals with hearing and vision limitations.
According to the ADA National Network, an organization that provides information, guidance, and training on the ADA, “the purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives 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.”
If you have a disability, your protections under this law include everything from access to public and government buildings to the use of service animals and alternate formats for receiving medical information. If you have a disability and are concerned about your rights, government agencies provide information and support.
To learn more about filing a claim of discrimination, visit: How to File an ADA Complaint
Additionally, there are numerous other organizations throughout the country that advocate for disabled rights, which work with disabled individuals to protect their rights and improve adherence to this important law in their communities. Among these organizations is the aforementioned ADA National Network, which offers a wealth of information, including online courses for both businesses and individuals.
To learn more about the ADA National Network, visit: ADATA.org
To learn about additional resources, visit: Disability Resources
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