ESMA has always worked directly with the disability community to create fidelity in programming and community inclusion. Find out the ways in which ESMA helped shape the language and principles of the ADA and how the culture of disabiltiy services has changed profoundly since 1990. Stream Now!
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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became a law on July 26th, 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 gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications." To learn more, check out the ADA National Network.
Easterseals MA has always been active in public policy advocacy. 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. Easterseals MA was an original supporter of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) becauase we believe that our country is strongest when all Americans, including individuals with disabilities, can fully participate in and contribute to their communities