Celebrate the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act!

July 24, 2018
President George H.W. Bush signing the American with Disabilities Act

Thursday, July 26, 2018 is the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

ADA is a landmark civil rights law. It prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, education, housing, transportation and other public accommodations. 

The ADA has improved the lives of millions of Americans, including those with autism, since President George H.W. Bush signed the law in 1990. 

Autism Speaks supports the ADA's goal to secure "equal opportunity" for people with disabilities. We do this by advocating for policies that increase access and accessibility to financial, housing, education and employment services for individuals with autism.

In honor of the ADA Anniversary, learn more about how Autism Speaks works to achieve equal opportunities for individuals with autism through, but not limited to:

  • ABLE Accounts: We worked to pass the Achieving a Better Live Experience (ABLE) Act in 2014. This allowed individuals with disabilities save for their futures by setting up tax-exempt 529A savings accounts for disability-related expenses. - LEARN MORE!

  • The Perkins Career and Technical Education Act: This bill removes employment barriers for individuals with disabilities and improves opportunities for individuals to find and keep jobs aligned with their strengths.  Thank your Senators and Representatives for passing Perkins - TAKE ACTION!  

  • The EMPOWER Care Act: This bill would extend and improve the Money Follows the Person program. It will benefit those waiting for home and community-based services. Ask your Members of Congress to co-sponsor - TAKE ACTION!


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