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ADA Legacy Project

The ADA Legacy Project

The ADA Legacy Project celebrates the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on disability rights, and honors the contributions of individuals with disabilities and their allies who persevered in securing the passage of this landmark civil rights legislation. In order to fully realize a world where all people are accepted and valued, it is crucial to preserve and promote the history of the ADA and the disability rights movement.


We envision a world in which all people are accepted and valued for who and how they are; where all are welcomed with respect and given equal opportunities to contribute to the human experience.


The mission of The ADA Legacy Project is to honor the contributions of people with disabilities and their allies by:

  • preserving and promoting the history of the disability rights movement;
  • celebrating the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as other related disability rights legislation and accomplishments;
  • and creating opportunities for inclusion, access, and equal rights for the future.

Georgetown University has compiled a collection of historical documents related to the ADA that date back to the 1980s, the decade preceding the milestone signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

President Obama spoke at a reception to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Moment in Disability History 1: "The Birth of the Parent Movement"

Moment in Disability History 2: January 23, 2013 – Ed Roberts Day: "Built Upon Alliances"

Moment in Disability History 3: "The Right To Be Abroad in the Land"

Moment in Disability History 4: "ADA: Back To The Future with U.S. District Court Judge Donovan W. Frank"

Moment in Disability History 5: "ADA and Baby Doe"

Moment in Disability History 6: "The Right to Education Based on Brown v. Board of Education"

Moment in Disability History 7: "Solidarity Forever"

Moment in Disability History 8: "Alabama Federal District Court Judge Frank M. Johnson, Jr."

Moment in Disability History 9: "Willowbrook Leads to New Protections of Rights"

Moment in Disability History 10: "DD Act - Protection and Advocacy"

Moment in Disability History 11: "Civil Rights: We're Going To Win This One"

Moments in Disability History 12: "The Dignity of Risk"

Moment in Disability History 13: "Lowell P. Weicker, Jr., Original 'Father' of the Americans with Disabilities Act"

Moment in Disability History 14: "The Fight for 504 Regulations: 'We Won't Go Away'"

Moment in Disability History 15: "Toward independence: Powerful Words"

Moment in Disability History 16: "Wolfensberger's Influence"

Moment in Disability History 17: "The Self Advocacy Movement"

Moment in Disability History 18: "The Olmstead Decision"

Moment in Disability History 19: "From the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Through the ADA Title II to the Most Integrated Setting"

Moment in Disability History 20: "Stories of Discrimination"

Moment in Disability History 21: "S.933 – Americans with Disabilities Act – 101st Congress"

Moments in Disability History 22: "Task Force on the Rights and Empowerment of Americans with Disabilities"

Moments in Disability History 23: "H.R. 2273 – The ADA in the House of Representatives"

Moments in Disability History 24: "ADA's International Impact"

Moments in Disability History 25: "Behind the Scenes in the Reagan and Bush Administrations – Stories from No Pity"

Moments in Disability History 26: "Women Leaders of the ADA"

Moments in Disability History 27: "A Magna Carta and the Ides of March to the ADA"

Moments in Disability History 28: "The Original: Americans with Disabilities Act of 1988"

Moments in Disability History 29: "ADA: The Final Push"

Moments in Disability History 30: "Reflections on ADA's 25th Anniversary"

Moments in Disability History 31: "July 26, 1990: The Americans with Disabilities Act is Signed Into Law"

Moments in Disability History

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