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Video: ADA Signing Ceremony
July 26, 1990

ADA 30th Anniversary

Faces of the ADA

Throughout this 30th anniversary year, the Division is publishing blog posts highlighting the impact that our recent ADA enforcement efforts have made in people’s everyday lives.  We celebrate the many ways in which the ADA has transformed American society and enabled a generation of Americans with disabilities to thrive.

photo of Genaro Vazquez and his supervisor

photo of Genaro and his supervisor

Rhode Islanders with disabilities like Genaro thrived when empowered to work in the community under the United States’ two Agreements with Rhode Island.

Read Furthering the Promise: Increasing Opportunities for Integrated Employment

photo of a child with a service animal

photo of a child with a service animal

Ensuring that people with disabilities have equal educational opportunities is one of the primary goals of the ADA.

Read Furthering the Promise: Increasing Opportunities for Education 

photo of Thomas Morgan

photo of Thomas

Mr. Morgan brought his complaint about Amtrak to the Department because of his desire to travel independently.

Read Remarks of Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband at the Announcement of the Settlement with Amtrak

photo of Maggie

photo of Maggie

Asked why they filed a complaint with DOJ, the Millers said they believed that Spring Education "treated Maggie unfairly because of her disability."

Read Furthering the Promise: United States v. Nobel Learning Communities, Inc.

photo of Delories Guss

photo of Delories Guss

Ms. Guss's complaint about an inaccessible restaurant was referred to the ADA Mediation Program, which Ms. Guss found to be "a great experience" that fully resolved her complaint.

Read Furthering the Promise: The ADA Mediation Program

photo of Mary Queen

photo of Mary Queen

"Every day since has been a struggle and a fight," says Ms. Queen. She is quick to add, "My MS has become my inspiration and the reason I get up every morning to help others."

Read Furthering the Promise: Workforce Inclusion

photo of James Sweatt

photo of James Sweatt

Eliminating barriers to voting, such as those experienced by Mr. Sweat, is central to the ADA’s goal of equality and full participation for people with disabilities.

Read Furthering the Promise: Equal Voting Opportunities

photo of Thomas Graziani

photo of Thomas Graziani

Mr. Graziani says, "I filed my complaint so that individuals with mobility disabilities, like myself, would have equal access to radiology services and other health care."

Read Furthering the Promise: Equal Access to Healthcare