This week, we celebrate the 31st anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). This important civil rights legislation continues to serve as a benchmark to ensure true accessibility for all in creating legislation to:
- Prohibit employment discrimination based on disability
- Require reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities, and
- Require accessibility offerings in public spaces, services, and accommodations.
Although the ADA has created great change in our country, it is not a fix-all solution for Americans living with disabilities. There is much work to be done to ensure comprehensive, widespread accessibility and inclusion.
We all have a personal responsibility to act as advocates for ourselves, our family, our co-workers, and our community members with disabilities. As allies, we can and should consistently include intersectional voices and the needs of people with disabilities in our activism and social justice conversations. Our mission to eliminate racism and empower women can only be realized in a world that is accessible to community members with disabilities.