Feel Good Friday: Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the ADA with NYC MOPD!

Source: nyc.gov/mopd

For today’s edition of “Feel Good Friday”, we would like to talk about a special anniversary that’s near and dear to our hearts and minds. This July marks the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (known as the “ADA”), and the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) are planning a virtual celebration of the art, history, advocacy and progress of people with disabilities made over the last thirty years. 

So what’s the ADA and why is it so important? 

According to adata.org, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications. The ADA is divided into five titles (or sections) that relate to different areas of public life.

In 2008, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) was signed into law and became effective on January 1, 2009. The ADAAA made a number of significant changes to the definition of “disability.” The changes in the definition of disability in the ADAAA apply to all titles of the ADA, including Title I (employment practices of private employers with 15 or more employees, state and local governments, employment agencies, labor unions, agents of the employer and joint management labor committees); Title II (programs and activities of state and local government entities); and Title III (private entities that are considered places of public accommodation).

Visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/mopd/events/ada-30-events.page for a list of events to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. MOPD has been working with community partners to organize virtual events throughout the month of July, and will be regularly updating this list so please check back the website as more are added to it.

Let’s all safely celebrate this momentous occasion virtually with friends, family and colleagues with MOPD and feel good on this Friday. Stay safe!

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