July 26, 2020
30 Years ago today, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law — the world’s first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities — in front of 3,000 people on the White House lawn on July 26, 1990,. The event represented a historical benchmark and a milestone in America’s commitment to full and equal opportunity for all of its citizens.
The President’s emphatic directive on that day — “Let the shameful walls of exclusion finally come tumbling down” — neatly encapsulated the simple yet long overdue message of the ADA: that millions of Americans with disabilities are full-fledged citizens and as such are entitled to legal protections that ensure them equal opportunity and access to the mainstream of American life. Credit for logo and content to ADA National Network 1-800-949-4232 #ADA30 #ThanksToTheADA
For more on the history and impact of the ADA, click HERE.
By Stacey Ruhle Kliesch, AIA, AIA NJ Advocacy Consultant | Posted in EquityInArchitecture | Tagged: #ADA30, #architects, #Architecture, #diversity, #EDI, #equity, #Inclusion, #ThanksToTheADA | Comments (0)
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