City of Pasadena Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)

PASADENA, Calif.—On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure the civil rights of people with disabilities. Signing of the ADA represented a historical benchmark and milestone in America's commitment to full and equal opportunity for all. Over the last 30 years, the ADA has expanded opportunities for millions of people with disabilities by reducing barriers, changing perceptions, and increasing full participation in community life.

The City of Pasadena affirms its commitment to the principles of equality and inclusion for people with disabilities and recognizes the 30th anniversary as a cause for celebration and an opportunity to honor the legacy of those who fought for and supported the passage of the ADA.

“The ADA was a landmark achievement of the Disability Rights Movement. It is a history both inspired by and rooted in the commitment, sacrifice, and perseverance of a generation of leaders, grassroots organizations and countless individuals who, together, framed access, inclusion and opportunity for people with disabilities into law,” says Martin Sweeney, chair of the City of Pasadena Accessibility and Disability Commission. “We celebrate that history and those leaders and activists as we continue today to follow their vision and realize the promise of the ADA.”

At their July 20 meeting, Pasadena City Council issued a proclamation recognizing the 30th anniversary of the ADA. The public can watch the meeting online and share what the ADA means to them on social media using the hashtag #ThanksToTheADA.

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