Today marks the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) becoming signed into law by President George H.W. Bush, on July 26, 1990.
The ADA is the landmark civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government’ programs and services.
The ADA also establishes requirements for telecommunications relay services that allows persons with hearing or speech disabilities to place and receive telephone calls – among them, the Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS).
Thanks to the ADA, veterans, seniors and hundreds of thousands of other Americans who are hard of hearing, deaf, or DeafBlind, have access to resources and services that allow them to live independently without ever having to be concerned with feeling disconnected from friends, colleagues and loved ones.
For nearly three decades, the ADA has helped increase autonomy, opportunity, and involvement in the greater community, for countless Americans with disabilities, including hearing loss.
As we reflect on the progress that has been made towards eliminating barriers to employment, education, economic security, and more for people with disabilities, it is critical that we as citizens continue to stand up and fight for the rights of all Americans.
Clear2Connect is proud to be comprised of organizations, advocates and institutions working to preserve the right to communicate, and on this day it is with great pleasure that we celebrate the anniversary of this historic and monumental victory for all Americans.