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Advocacy: Americans with Disabilities Act

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      Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

      The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guaranteed rights of access and nondiscrimination in private employment, public accommodations, state and local governmental programs and facilities, and telecommunications.  The ADA extended the “powers, remedies, and procedures” of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to disabled Americans.  This Act went far beyond Section 504 in guaranteeing rights of access and nondiscrimination in private employment, public accommodations, state and local governmental programs and facilities, and telecommunications.  The ADA was first proposed by the National Council on Disability (NCD), a presidentially appointed advisory board, in 1987. While the members of NCD at that time had been appointed by the conservative President Ronald Reagan, they included several strong disability rights advocates with ties to the Republican Party, such as Justin Dart. NCD and its organizational allies in the disability community conducted a national campaign in the late 1980s to build support for the ADA and were finally successful in gaining its near-unanimous Congressional passage in 1990, after which it was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.

       

      Iowans Talk About ADA:

      Dave Reimers--ADA

      Full narrations and transcripts can be found on the Oral History Page.