This past Saturday, July 26, marked the 24th year of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA was signed into law in 1990 to prevent discrimination against people with disabilities in a variety of areas, including employment, recreation and transportation.
The law has enabled better access to many aspects of life, but there is still a lot of room for improvement. From an employment perspective, the Federal government is working to hire more employees with disabilities. I’m on a committee at my job at SPAWAR to review the policies and procedures for hiring people with disabilities. We’re trying to inform the community that there are these opportunities are available.
The ADA National Network has already begun a year-long campaign to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the civil rights law in 2015. An ADA Legacy Tour began in Houston, Texas and will be traveling around the country. For more information about the monthly activities, check out http://adaanniversary.org/.