Impact Feature Issue on the ADA and People with Intellectual Developmental, and Other Disabilities

Resources on the Americans with Disabilities Act

  • ADA Legacy Project.  The mission of the ADA Legacy Project is to honor the contributions of people with disabilities and their allies by preserving the history of the disability rights movement, celebrating its milestones, and educating the public and future generations of advocates. On its ADA at 25 Web site are extensive resources, including schedules of ADA 25th anniversary events nationwide, anniversary toolkit, and information about the nationwide ADA Legacy Bus Tour.
  • Self-Advocacy Online.  The “Stories from Self-Advocates” section of this Web site includes over 40 short video interviews with self-advocates who share their thoughts on the ADA. The site is designed especially for use by self-advocates and their allies, and is operated by the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota.
  • ADA Signing Ceremony Video.  This video documents the speech by President George H. W. Bush when he signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law on July 26, 1990. In the video, he speaks to a huge audience gathered on the south lawn of the White House. This 22-minute film, provided to the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, by the George Bush Presidential Library, is being re-released on the department’s Web site to increase awareness of the ADA.
  • Generation ADA: Disabled Girls Talk Podcast.  Maddy Ruvolo, 21, and Emily Ladau, 23, launched the Disabled Girls Talk podcast in 2014 as an ongoing discussion about coming of age with a disability. Their first episode focuses on the ADA, including what it means to them as part of the generation reaching adulthood after its passage.