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Sunday, July 26, 2020


The A.D.A. at 30: Beyond the Law’s Promise

This series explores how the Americans With Disabilities Act has shaped modern life for people with disabilities in the 30 years since it was passed.

Hayley Wall

On July 26, 1990, under the hot summer sun on the South Lawn of the White House, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans With Disabilities Act into law, banning discrimination against millions of people and requiring reasonable accommodations in schools, on transportation and in other areas of public life.

More than 2,000 people, many in wheelchairs, cheered from the lawn. Activists had waited years for this moment.

President Bush called the law a “declaration of equality,” one that opened a door to “a bright new era.” In an editorial, The New York Times wrote: “The act does more than enlarge the independence of disabled Americans. It enlarges civil rights and humanity, for all Americans.”

To read more on this story, click here: The A.D.A. at 30: Beyond the Law’s Promise


The Story of the Americans with Disabilities Act is All About Bridges

(CNN)In remembering disabled activists who were instrumental in the creation of America's disability rights movement and imagining what a more inclusive movement for social justice and full civil rights for the future could look like, we keep coming back to the partnership during the late 1970s between the Black Panther Party and the 504 activists, disability rights advocates who were pushing for implementation of a long-delayed section (section 504) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


Today Marks 30 Years Since the Americans with Disabilities Act Was Signed Into Law on July 26, 1990

Today marks 30 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990 — here’s how disability rights have changed since then and what work is still left to do #DisabilityJustice #JourneytoInclusion

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Locals Recognize Upcoming Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

A few summers ago, Eau Claire native Chris Wood participated in a unique event in Washington, D.C. Alongside many other people with disabilities, Wood watched as many of them crawled up the United States Capitol steps.

The action mirrored an event that occurred in the spring of 1990 and was instrumental in passing the Americans with Disabilities Act later that year. The ADA, which was signed into law July 26, is a landmark piece of legislation that provided equal rights for people with disabilities, who account for about one-fifth of the country’s population.


Face Mask Exempt Cards Citing ADA Are Fake, Justice Department Says

Federal officials have issued multiple warnings about cards and flyers circulating online that falsely claim to exempt people with disabilities from wearing face masks.

With an increasing number of cities and states across the country requiring people to wear face masks to slow the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Justice has put out at least three notices to alert the public that the documents are fraudulent.


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Senate Proposal Seeks Protections For Family Caregivers

Employers would be barred from discriminating against workers who care for family members with developmental disabilities or other special needs under a new federal bill.

Legislation introduced this month in the U.S. Senate would prohibit employers from refusing to hire an applicant or taking “adverse action” against an employee — including firing, demoting or mistreating them — because of their caregiving responsibilities.

To read more on this story, click here: Senate Proposal Seeks Protections For Family Caregivers


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