Today marks the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is a civil rights law that prevents discrimination of individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. This includes jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.
As we celebrate the anniversary of the ADA, we recognize the important work that has been done and freedoms the ADA protects for individuals with disabilities. The work never stops, 20 years ago the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Olmstead v. L.C., clarified the intent of the ADA, and a ten years ago the ADA Amendments Act was signed into law clarifying the scope even further. Today is an opportunity to highlight the work that is still ahead for there to be equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities.
According to the ADA National Network, age related disabilities also impact home life, community participation, and work.
More than 30 percent of Americans over the age of 65 have a disability, and over 50 percent of those over 75. Under the ADA it isn’t the cause of the disability that matters, but the impact of everyday life.
Consumer Direct Care Network will continue to advocate for equal access for all, provide access to information, and champion the law which works to deliver equal access to work, education, and community.