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.