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Marking 30 years of the ADA

Throughout the month of July, Johnson County will remember the 30th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H. W. Bush and outlawed discrimination against people with disabilities.

“And today, America welcomes into the mainstream of life all of our fellow citizens with disabilities. We embrace you for your abilities and for your disabilities, for our similarities and indeed for our differences, for your past courage and your future dreams,” said President Bush at the signing ceremony.

This summer, we celebrate 30 years since the ADA became the law of the land, reflecting on what the legislation did for the U.S. and how it affected our lives and community.

This article is excerpted from a longer story about the history of the ADA written by Melissa Reeves of Johnson County Developmental Supports for the next edition of JoCo Magazine, available in September.

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