The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life — to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. The exhibition draws on the history of the Disabled, the activism of the 1970s, and events which led to the passage of the ADA.
Arlene Mayerson, Directing Attorney, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) and author of: Americans With Disabilities Act Annotated: Legislative History, Regulations & Commentary
Lennard J. Davis, Distinguished Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago and author of: Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest US Minority Its Rights
The Exhibit will be displayed in the Bernice Layne Brown Gallery, Doe Library September 17, 2015 – February 12, 2016