OCR Commemorates the Americans with Disabilities Act 30th Anniversary
On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. This landmark civil rights law is a critical part of the HHS Office for Civil Rights’ (OCR) disability non-discrimination work, along with Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary, OCR and the HHS Administration for Community Living (ACL) partnered to create a website that tells the story of how the ADA came to be, showcases some of the progress we have made as a country toward achieving the ADA's promise of true inclusion, and illustrates some of the work being done within HHS and across government, to continue to remove the barriers to inclusion people with disabilities often face. Most important, through short video interviews, you can hear from people with disabilities about how the expectations for access and inclusion created by the ADA have affected their lives.
Visit today, and check back often – we’re adding new material over the coming months.
Watch and Listen to Individuals Impacted by the ADA and OCR Action
Joan's Voice - How the ADA and OCR's Early Complaint Resolution Brought Systemic Change to COVID Visitor Policies
Foster Mom Linda - How the ADA and OCR's Work to Enforce it Removed Barriers for Individuals with Disabilities to be Foster Parents
- On July 30, HHS Secretary Azar joined leaders from across HHS to reflect on the progress we have made and talk about some of our ongoing work to achieve the ADA's full promise of dignity, rights, and community living. Watch a recording of the event.
- Secretary Azar's Statement on the ADA Anniversary
- HHS Accomplishments under the ADA
More Virtual Events
More Participatory Events
Join the ADA National Network - funded by Administration on Community Living’s National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) - in celebrating this historic milestone. Participate in the #ThanksToTheADA social media campaign
Other Federal Agency Commemorations
- Department of Justice
- Department of Labor
- Department of Transportation
- National Council on Disability