Michigan to Celebrate 25th Anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act
Dynamic Abilities Blog 4-15 By: Parrish L. Stahl
The ADA is nearing its 25th birthday. It was signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. It is largely a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of physical or mental disability; similar in some aspects to the Civil Rights Law of 1964, which made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal. It specifically addresses accessibility requirements of public accommodations and reasonable accommodations in employment.
Nationwide and state celebrations are planned this summer. There is a major event happening at the Lansing, Michigan State Capital steps slated for September 17, 2015. The public is invited. It is undeniable that the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 changed lives.
The Department of Justice has announced that people who wish to file ADA complaints can now do that completely electronically. The person needs to visit www.ADA.gov to fill out the new electronic form. After the complaint is received the complainant gets a reference number that is then used to track action on the submission.
After March 15, 2015 e-mail complaints are no longer accepted. People are still able to handle the process through traditional United States Mail by calling the ADA Information Line at: 1-800-514-0301 (V) 1-800-514-0383 (TTY) and requesting a paper form.
It would be interesting to hear your comments on how it has impacted your life or someone you love. In your opinion, what do you see as the ADA’s successes or failures? Where is there more work to do regarding accessibility both locally and nationwide? For this author, it is frustrating that we have gotten things like pool lifts at public pools and the equipment often sits unused either due to lack of use or knowledge on how to run them. For any civil rights legislation to maintain lasting change our voices must continue to advocate and be heard.