RICHMOND, Va., July 15 Monday, July 26, 2010 marks the celebration of the landmark legislation that ensures that every American with disabilities can enjoy the same rights and freedoms as all Americans. In recognition of the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act, The ADA National Network's 10 regional Centers are marking the day with various events across the United States as well as premiering their ADA 20th Anniversary video which depicts the progress made as a result of the ADA and the work that still needs to be accomplished. View the video at www.adata.org.
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Today approximately 54 million Americans are disabled, or one in every five people. The number continues to grow as a larger percentage of the population becomes disabled as a result as a result of disabilities incurred in combat or of aging.
President George H.W. Bush signed this landmark legislation in July 1990 as the first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities. The ADA makes it possible for everyone with a disability to live a life of freedom and equality. It protects the rights of people with disabilities in all aspects of employment, in accessing public services such as transportation, and guaranteeing access to public accommodations such as restaurants, stores, hotels and other structures open to the public.
The ADA National Network, through its 10 regional ADA centers is the leader in providing information, guidance and training on the ADA, tailored to meet the needs of business, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels. ADA National Network is a helper and resource provider, not an enforcement or regulatory agency.
The ADA National Network helps small, mid-size and even large business enterprises tap the buying power of people with disabilities, while also building employee loyalty and enhancing corporate reputation. They provide ADA coordinators for state and local government agencies with resources and local assistance to help them with implementation of the ADA in their jurisdictions. The ADA National Network is especially helpful to individuals concerned about their rights under the ADA, with information available on a 24/7 basis through their extensive website and during business hours on their call center, staffed by professionals located within each region.
Resources available include:
Further information on the ADA, the services provided by The ADA National Network, 20th Anniversary events and the location of regional centers may be found by calling (800) 949-4232 (V/TTY), or by visiting the ADA National Network website www.adata.org.
ADA National Network
-- ADA call center -- Web-based training and information -- ADA training webinars and podcasts -- National ADA Symposium -- Regional and state training conferences -- Customized, local training and support delivered by Regional ADA Centers
SOURCE ADA National Network