The Americans with Disabilities Act

Past, Present and Future

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was a bill that was passed in 1990 that greatly expanded the civil rights of people with disabilities. The ADA was signed into law in part thanks to widescale protests led by disabled people and their allies. Easterseals was a leading supporter of the ADA, and actively lobbied to ensure its passage.

Look below for resources and events to learn more about this monumental legislature that has changed the landscape to be more inclusive and accessible.

On the ADA:

On advocacy and self-advocacy:


Continuing the Advocacy

Learn more about how you can get involved in disability advocacy.

Easterseals Policy and Partnership Forum Highlights

In April 2023, we were in Washington D.C. to advocate for accessible transportation and inclusive employment for people with disabilities. How can we continue and improve upon the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

Watch the full Forum here
Judy Heumann

Celebrating Judy Heumann

Judy Heumann was known as the Mother of the Disability Rights Movement. It wasn’t just because of her undeniable impact, having led the charge through grassroots demonstrations and organizing to pass significant legislation like the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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