Celebrating the milestone anniversary of ADA

Published 10:10 am Saturday, July 20, 2019

July 26 marks the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

The ADA is a civil rights law that 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.

The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion.  It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.  The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life.

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In 2008, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) was signed into law and became effective on Jan. 1, 2009. The ADAAA made a number of significant changes to the definition of “disability.” The changes in the definition of disability in the ADAAA apply to all titles of the ADA, including Title I (employment practices of private employers with 15 or more employees, state and local governments, employment agencies, labor unions, agents of the employer and joint management labor committees); Title II (programs and activities of state and local government entities); and Title III (private entities that are considered places of public accommodation).  You can learn more about the ADA at https://adata.org/learn-about-ada.

Upcoming Events

• Tuesday: People First Aktion Club

• Wednesday: Ladies Night Out

• Thursday: Special Olympics Bocce and Softball

• Friday: People First Aktion Club members will be volunteering at the Relay for Life

• Saturday: Albert Lea Aquatic Center

• July 28: International Owl Center

• July 29: 4-H Adventure Club and Board of Directors Meeting

• July 30: Newsletter Assembly and Movie and Munchies

• July 31: Freeborn County Fair Concert

• Aug. 1: Special Olympics Bocce and Softball

• Aug. 2: Bingo

• Aug. 3: Deer Creek Speedway