Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 to "provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities." The ADA broadened protections and promoted the inclusion, integration and empowerment of Americans with disabilities. In 2008, Congress enacted the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), reaffirming its commitment to protecting citizens with disabilities against discrimination and ensuring them access to opportunities. Public and private spaces have been made more accessible by its passage, and the protections afforded by the ADA are vital to the full enjoyment of civil rights and civic life for millions of Americans.
- Action Step: Continue to educate your personal and professional networks about the importance of ADA and federal policies that support community living.