How will you celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Logo of the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities ActIt is 25 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the landmark civil rights law that, according to the ADA National Network, prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

July 26, 1990, is the day ADA was signed into law, and The ADA Legacy Project is working to make sure it is not forgotten. The Project’s mission is to, “Honor the contributions of people with disabilities and their allies by: preserving the history of the disability rights movement, celebrating its milestones, and educating the public and future generations of advocates.”

The ADA Legacy Project has outlined ways you can join the celebration of ADA25 in local communities all across the United States.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.