Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act

Past, Present and Future

What's Next for Disability Rights?

Let’s come together to celebrate our history, the fight for equal rights, inclusion, representation and so much more. Judy Heumann is a true American hero, a visionary leader, and pioneering activist. Her memoir is a must-read, now more than ever. Enjoy this lively and incredibly timely discussion with Judy Heumann, Kristen Joiner, Ali Stroker, Emily Ladau, and Lauren “Lolo” Spencer.

View the discussion.


Disability Pride and AdvocacyADA and Disability Pride

We envision a world where every single one of us is 100% included and 100% empowered, an idea that the Americans with Disabilities Act embodies. There are many reasons to have disability pride but what exactly is it and how are people today expressing their empowerment?

Learn about disability pride.


Advocating for the ADA in 1990

Easterseals was a leading supporter of the Americans with Disabilities Act and actively lobbied in Washington D.C. to ensure its passage. Check out these posters from an Easterseals campaign from 1990, the year the ADA was signed into law.

View historical posters


Personal Stories and Speeches

Since the ADA has been in place for nearly 3 decades, it might be hard to imagine what it was like before the law was passed or grasp just how big of an impact it has on people's lives.

Listen to historic speeches and read stories about the importance of the ADA


More perspectives and resources

On disability pride:

  • What is Disability Pride... And How to Display It

  • On the ADA:

  • An Overview of the Americans With Disabilities Act

  • What Was it Like for People with Disabilities 25 Years Ago?

  • Accessibility Means Being Part Of The Community

  • On advocacy and self-advocacy:

  • The Disability Visibility Project

  • Why it is important for People with Intellectual Disabilities to have a voice of their own

  • What is Self-Advocacy?

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