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The ADA at 30: the Importance of Law and Health Policy in Expanding Equity



07/24/2020 01:39 PM EDT

On July 26th the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrates 30 years of ensuring the rights of over 61 million persons with disabilities to pursue and enjoy the same opportunities available to all Americans. Similar to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the ADA codifies protections that seek to improve access and participation and eliminate barriers imposed by discrimination, but with a focus on those with disabilities. Over the past three decades, the law has been strengthened through amendments, additional landmark legislation such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and new rule making, each time expanding equity to citizens with disabilities in areas such as employment, community accessibility, the provision of healthcare, and an improved overall quality of life.