Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act

Past, Present and Future

ADA and Disability Pride

The Americans with Disabilities Act was just one of many legislative events which defined disability history and advocacy. We celebrate these achievements while looking forward to the future with pride. But what is disability pride? It is intricately woven in all aspects of advocacy and self-advocacy, especially today.

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:

  • Disability Pride Toolkit and Resource Guide

  • 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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