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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The legacy of the Americans with Disabilities Act is - in part - about celebrating our milestones. A milestone is defined as an important event in the history of a nation. The founding of the first Center for Independent Living in 1972 by Ed Roberts, Hale Zukas, and Jan McEwan Brown; the "Gang of Nineteen" blocking buses in Denver in 1973; the Section 504 sit-ins in 1977; the Deaf President Now! protest at Gallaudet University in 1988; all of these are important events in our nation's history. A milestone is defined as a turning point. The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act - the seminal civil rights legislation for Americans with disabilities - is by far one of the most significant turning points in our country. It is critical that we as a nation celebrate such milestones. Doing so enables us to honor the people and events that led to them; consider where we are today; and look towards the future. It helps us create a legacy.


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