This month marks the 32nd anniversary of the signing into law of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all aspects of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the public. On July 28, 2022, from 10 to 10:45 am Eastern Time (ET), a virtual U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) event will celebrate Disability Pride Month and the anniversary of the passage of the ADA. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy Taryn Williams, and other DOL leaders will participate and discuss the efforts by the Department of Labor to realize the promise of the ADA with policies and programs for both workers and job seekers with disabilities. For more information and to register, visit the Eventbrite listing for Disability Pride: Celebrating 32 Years of the ADA Tickets.
A number of tools are also available from the website for ADA32 to celebrate the occasion and to highlight its importance. Resources include social media messages, tweets, sample proclamations, and ideas that can be used year round. For detailed background information on the legislation, read the items from the ADA National Network: An Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Timeline of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To obtain more ideas and resources, visit the page on the ADA Anniversary Tool Kit.