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 opportunity.





Action Alert: COVID - 19

Tuesday, August 4th, is a national call-in day, a chance for the disability community to make sure Congress considers #whatweneed today and every day until the next COVID-19 relief package is passed. Without overwhelming action there is a real risk that human needs, including the needs of people with disabilities, will not be included in this package!



AUCD Urges Action to Protect Civil Rights

AUCD urges individuals and organizations to share their objections to any effort that diminishes critical civil rights protections. Members of Congress need to hear from you. Use this opportunity to educate your Senators and Representatives about the importance of civil rights protections to all, including the millions of Americans with disabilities and their families.



ADA 30th: Community Voices Series

The Texas Center for Disability Studies is excited to share our ADA 30: Community Voices Series to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Part 1 of this series highlights what the ADA means to local self advocates, activists, and community leaders. Stay tuned for part two!



UK Human Development Institute Commemorates 30th Anniversary of the ADA

Staff from the UK Human Development Institute reflect on the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signed in to law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26,1990. The ADA provides protections of the rights and opportunities for people with disabilities in our nation. Although the ADA has brought progress, our work has just begun.





Final Rule Implementing the ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Text of the Regulations

These regulations implementing the ADAAA, like the law itself, simplify the determination of who has a "disability" within the law's definition, making it easier for people to establish that they are protected by the ADA.



ADA Amendments Act of 2008

Text of the Law

The ADAAA was signed into law by President George W. Bush on September 25, 2008.


Related Links


Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Rights Task Force


Department of Justice ADA page


Olmstead: Community Integration for Everyone

Information and resources about the Olmstead decision and the Department of Justice's enforcement activities.