Disability Independence Day

On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. Breaking down some of the barriers that individuals with disabilities faced every day. It is important on National Disability Independence Day that we recognize the impact the ADA has had in 31 years and celebrate how it has created a more inclusive nation.

The Facts

National Disability Independence Day commemorates the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990, opening the door for individuals with disabilities.

the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is one of the most significant civil rights documents of the 20th century. Its purpose is to end discrimination, reduce barriers to employment, and ensure access to education for people with disabilities. 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 has increased the visibility of people with disabilities. It also has led to the reshaping of the physical environment and improved communications access. Today the ADA celebrates its 31st anniversary!

Additional Resources


Zoom Backgrounds
Virtual backgrounds are one of the easiest ways to celebrate Disability Independence Day in our new virtual world. on July 26th, you can replace your normal backdrop with one of our premade Disability Independence Day backgrounds.

Right-click the image then save as to your computer. Open your Zoom application and update your background to the file you saved from this page.

Social Media Prompt
Use your personal social media to show what the ADA means to you. Take a picture, record a video, draw an illustration, or write down on a piece of paper what Disability Independence Day means to you and participate in the #ThanksToTheADA campaign don’t forget to tag @SpOlympicsMD. Reflect on how important the signing of this act was and how it impacts you now 31 years later.

If you do not have social media or do not feel comfortable posting on your social media complete the activity and share with a close friend or family member.