Recognizing the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. It is a landmark piece of legislation that affords individuals with disabilities the same rights and protections as those without disabilities. This law promotes equality and forbids discrimination in many areas, including employment, transportation, and public accommodations like restaurants and stores.

Let’s take a look at the importance of recognizing the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and how we can continue to contribute to an inclusive society moving forward.

Increased Awareness

Recognizing the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act encourages greater awareness and understanding of the issues that affect individuals with disabilities. The ADA paved the way for inclusive policies and has led to increased accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

However, even with all the progress made, more work needs to be done to address the challenges facing individuals with disabilities and their families. Recognizing the anniversary of the ADA brings attention to the continued need for advocacy, support, and services for individuals with disabilities.

NorthEast Independent Living Services offers Disability Awareness Programs to help the community accept and respect persons with disabilities just as they want to be accepted and respected. Our programs are tailored to the audience and people of all ages can attend our free presentations.

Celebration of Progress

Celebrating the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act is a celebration of progress. It provides an opportunity to look back and reflect on how far we have come since the ADA became law. We can acknowledge the success stories of individuals with disabilities and the positive impact the ADA has had on their lives.

This celebration also acknowledges all the hard work that went into creating this law, including decades of advocacy by people with disabilities, their families, and allies.

Promotes Change

By recognizing the anniversary, individuals and organizations can focus not only on what has been achieved but also on what still needs to be done. It provides an opportunity to address barriers and work toward making positive changes. It encourages individuals to be advocates for those who are unable to advocate for themselves. Recognizing the anniversary of the ADA means committing to ongoing improvement.

Encourages Inclusion

Inclusion means being open to diversity and creating an environment that values and respects people’s differences. The ADA encourages organizations to make reasonable accommodations that allow people with disabilities to participate fully in society. As a society, it’s important to recognize this cause and commit to inclusion as a core value.


Celebrating the anniversary of the ADA is essential in promoting the equality and dignity of individuals with disabilities. Such celebrations promote greater awareness of disability and accessibility issues, acknowledge the progress made, and encourage further improvement. As we celebrate the anniversary of the ADA, let us commit to doing our part in creating a more inclusive society for all.

Interested in learning more about our disability programs and how you can get involved? Contact us online or by phone at 573-221-8282. We look forward to working together toward a better, more inclusive society for all.

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