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The Technology Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act established grant programs to encourage the development and distribution of assistive technology for people with disabilities. The primary purpose of the Technology Act was to close the gap between the development of innovative technologies and the actual use of those technologies by people with disabilities.


The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed. This landmark legislation affirms the rights of citizens with disabilities and prohibits discrimination in employment (Title I), public services (Title II), public accommodations and services that are operated by private entities (Title III), and telecommunications (Title IV).


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) authorized funding for competitive grants to states in which the state vocational rehabilitation agency and state educational agency jointly applied to develop, implement, and improve a system of transition services for students aged 14 and older.


Federal "Home of Your Own" initiative begins with a five year grant by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities.

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