Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the ADA
There are many American national holidays for various and important reasons. Perhaps, without question, one that should be much more widely celebrated is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, now hitting its 30th anniversary. The need for the ADA to be enacted in 1990 was obvious, and the point was quite clear from the top of the formal text; “in enacting the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Congress intended that the Act ‘provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities’”. Plainly stated, the ADA provided the disabled community with a resounding voice to demand equitable access that was long overdue.
Here at Accessible360, we want to give a resounding ‘Thank You’ to the ADA for providing many of our amazing employees, Accessibility peers, and more than 61 million Americans living with a disability the chance to live and experience an equal life. Although we have a long way to go, especially on the digital accessibility front, the roadmap was provided 30 years ago, and we are so grateful for the opportunity to push this forward every day.
A360 Employee Q&A on the Impact, Short Comings and Personal Stories of the ADA
We were very fortunate to spend some time with a handful of our employees who live with a disability to hear their specific insight and expertise on how the ADA affects their lives:
A360 Employee Stories on the Americans with Disabilities Act
We were also fortunate to have two of our amazing employees, Aaron Page and Sam Graves, write about their personal stories this week on how the ADA has affected their lives:
Aaron Page - Senior Accessibility Engineer: Navigating The ADA While Blind
Sam Graves - Social Media Associate: ADA Reflections From A Wheelchair User
Free Accessibility Support for Non-Profits
Is your organization a Not For Profit, or do you know of one that may be interested in making their website as WCAG Compliant as possible? In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Accessible360 is offering a Free Initial Assessment to non-profit organizations as the first step in their path to Digital Accessibility. Fill out the form within this post, let us know you are a non-profit organization, and we will be in touch to get this scheduled!
Share your Story with #ThanksToTheADA!
Have you, your family, or someone you know been affected by the Americans with Disabilities Act? We highly encourage you to celebrate this historic day by sharing your story with all of the amazing folks at the ADA National Network via the hashtag #ThanksToTheADA! Visit the ADA Anniversary site for more information.
Also, feel free to tag Accessible360 on any of the social media platforms, as we would love to read and promote your story!