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Americans With Disabilities Act

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law on July 26, 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life.

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Charlie Gaddy honoring ADA at the Charlie Gaddy Children's Center in Raleigh, NC.


Easter Seals has been active in public policy advocacy since our founder, Edgar Allen, lobbied the Ohio Legislature to fund appropriate services for children with disabilities in the 1920s. We have worked with federal, state and local officials and agencies since then to advocate for laws and programs that help people with disabilities achieve independence. Children and adults with disabilities disproportionately rely on government programs in order to access education, health care, housing, transportation and employment services.

Easter Seals continues to actively support and promote federal legislation that helps people with disabilities achieve independence.

This year, Easter Seals UCP is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by promoting the progress Americans have made.

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Message from Easter Seals UCP CEO and President, Luanne Welch

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Read about Easter Seals UCP employee Kristen Dineen  and the impact of ADA on her life.

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This framed photo: A Time for Reflection

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See powerful vintage ADA campaign posters.

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