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Letter from Our President & CEO

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Take a moment to read an op-ed published by Daily Hampshire Gazette written by our President & CEO, Paul Medeiros, exploring the advancements of accessibility & inclusion for people with disabilities since the ADA was signed, along with acceptance being the driver in empowerment for this community.

#ADA30 | Reflections over 75 Years

Picture of Kirk Joslin and Mayor Menino cutting ribbon for first opening of ATRC in Boston.

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!

WHAT IS THE #TeachDisabilityHistory CAMPAIGN?

Easterseals youth have created a campaign to #TeachDisabilityHistory focused on educating, and empowering people with and without disabilities to build the most inclusive future. The goals of the campaign are to educate people about why it is important that disability history be taught in schools, as well as to make teachers in Massachusetts public schools aware they can now access the disability history curriculum and documentary; "The Great Fight For Disability Rights."

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July 26th, 2020 will mark the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) being signed into law, prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities. This important piece of legislation is a crucial piece of teaching disability history. The YLN plans to build momentum for a public celebration through the social media campaign.

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  • Share why you think it is important to #TeachDisabilityHistory and tag us on social media! @eastersealsMA @EastersealsYouth
  • Let Massachusetts schools and teachers know about the curriculum “The Great Fight for Disability Rights” now available and approved by The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Request access to curriculum materials - click here
In 2009, A group of students with disabilities from Easterseals MA advocated for disability history to be recognized by local government resulting in General Laws. Section 15LLLLL: "The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the month of October as Disability History Month to increase awareness and understanding of the contributions made by persons with disabilities. Appropriate state agencies and cities and towns and public schools, colleges and universities shall establish programs designed to educate and promote these objectives."
  • Help us spread the word about why it is important to #TeachDisabilityHistory!

  • With your help we can increase awareness of disability history and lower stigma towards people with disabilities


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

Historical ADA Campaign Posters

ADA Be Counted 1990 poster ADA ADA poster from 1990 on accessible buses ADA poster on job discrimination

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

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