Sunday, July 26, 2020

On this date in 1990: The ADA was signed into law

It was on this day (July 26, 1990) that President George H.W. Bush signed the American Disability Act into law. Senator Tom Harkin says the ADA law was inspired by his deaf brother. The Iowa Democrat says watching his brother, Frank, struggle against social barriers motivated him to push the ADA bill through the U.S. Congress. The law 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 conditions and privileges of employment.  The National Technical Institute for the Deaf President Gerard Buckley writes about the importance of the Act in an article here. You can also read more about the law in the article 30 Years After a Landmark Disability Law, the Fight for Access and Equality Continues and watch the signing in the video below.