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Americans With Disabilities Act

ADA graphicThe 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. 

Join us in celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by sharing your stories with us and on social media using #ThankstotheADA.

Charlie GaddyCharlie Gaddy & the ADA

Easterseals UCP continues to actively support and promote federal legislation that helps people with disabilities achieve independence. Charlie Gaddy, former WRAL-TV anchorman in Raleigh, has been a tremendous advocate for people living with disabilities and a supporter of Easterseals UCP.  He has been honored for his public service throughout his community.  Easterseals UCP named the Children's Center in Raleigh that serves boys and girls with autism after Charlie Gaddy.

Easterseals UCP Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act


Easterseals UCP CEO Message on the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Read more.


Kelly Woodall was eight years old when the ADA was signed into law.  She shares her journey.


Kristen Dineen has worked for Easterseals UCP for 11 years.  The ADA has made a world of difference in her life. Read her story.

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Advocating for the ADA

Easterseals has been active in public policy advocacy since our founder, Edgar Allen, lobbied to fund appropriate services for children with disabilities in the 1920s.  In 1990, Easterseals was a leading supporter of the Americans with Disabilities Act and had a loud voice in Washington D.C. to ensure passage.

See powerful vintage ADA campaign posters.

Archive ADA Stories from Easterseals UCP

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