ADA 30

Welcome to our list of events to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We will be regularly updating this list so please check back here as we add more to it.


July 15

About the Americans with Disabilities Act

About the ADA

About the ADA

On July 26, 1990, President George HW Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. The law prohibits discrimination in employment, services, state programs, government programs, and state and government services. The ADA is an equal opportunity law for people with disabilities.


  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications.
  • The ADA prohibits private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies, and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in: job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment.
  • An individual with a disability is a person who has a record of or is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

Individuals with disabilities fought for years against exclusion and segregation. Many still face these struggles especially as it relates to employment (ADA Title 1). Like other movements in history, the fight for equality was tough.

Share Your #ThanksToTheADA Moment!

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the ADA National Network! We are asking everyone to share a moment in their lives when they were thankful for the ADA. On a social media platform of your choosing use #ThanksToTheADA to share what the ADA means to you.