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OCR Commemorates the Americans with Disabilities Act 30th Anniversary

ADA2020 Celebrating 30 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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.

President Bush Signs into Law the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 on the South Lawn of the White House

Please Visit Our Joint OCR/ACL ADA Commemoration Website

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

Susan Fandacone is the loving daughter of Joan Parsons...

>> Watch the video

Foster Mom Linda - How the ADA and OCR's Work to Enforce it Removed Barriers for Individuals with Disabilities to be Foster Parents

Linda Pitsoulis had a desire to open her home to children...

>> Watch the video

HHS Commemorations

More Virtual Events

OCR Director, Roger Severino joined the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing virtual event, Celebrating Diversity Inclusion, on July 21.

More Participatory Events

Submit your reflections to the National Council on Disability "30 on ADA 30" Campaign

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


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Content last reviewed on August 14, 2020