Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 2017 and Gains Made by People with Disabilities in Employment and Community Integration
July 26, 2017 of this year marked the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the nation’s foremost civil rights law for people with disabilities. Since the passage of the ADA, Americans with disabilities have made great strides in their fight for full equality and inclusion in society. More Americans with disabilities than ever are employed in the community, have transitioned into the community from restrictive institutions, and have made their voices heard in public life.
Here are some of the ways that the government celebrated the 27th anniversary of the ADA:
- ODEP Deputy Assistant Secretary Jennifer Sheehy released a blog on how the ADA can aid job seekers with disabilities, and the Employment Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) on Disability Inclusion released a special July 26, 2017 newsletter;
- Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta emphasized that people with disabilities are an important and underutilized talent pool in the American workforce;
- The new White House administration released its first declaration of an ADA anniversary; and
- Various cities and municipalities throughout our country celebrated the ADA’s anniversary with conferences, marches, and presentations.
The ADA National Network also released a toolkit, which offers press kits, sample language, and other information for any groups that wished to celebrate the ADA’s 27th anniversary.