Accessibility for people with disabilities probably wouldn’t be where it is today if it weren’t for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA was signed into law July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush.
The ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life. The ability to go into restaurants, to drive my wheelchair down the sidewalk, to have accommodations in the workplace all would be different if the ADA did not exist.
This year, the legislation will be 25 years old. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the ADA Legacy Tour bus is traveling the country visiting cities to showcase iconic photos and milestones in the disability rights movement.
The tour will be in Charleston Monday, June 1. People can take pictures of the bus at White Point Gardens (The Battery) in downtown Charleston from 10:30-11:00 a.m. Later in the day, an ADA Expo will be held at North Charleston Riverfront Park from 4:00-7:00 p.m. The Expo will feature food music and fun! An ADA exhibit will be on display and several local disability organizations will be on-hand. See the flyer below for more details.