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U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Disability Rights Section

 

27 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

On July 26, 1990, Congress passed, and President George H. W. Bush signed into law, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ushering in a new era of civil rights protections for people with disabilities in this country.  The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, along with U.S. Attorneys’ Offices across the country, enforces the ADA to advance the statute’s goals of ensuring equal opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities.  The examples highlighted in this document are only part of the Department’s work in 2017 to further the objectives of the ADA.  To read more about our work under the ADA, visit our website at www.ADA.gov.

EMPLOYMENT

EDUCATION

VOTING

HEALTH CARE

ACCESSIBLE DESIGN