The ADA 30th Anniversary
The ADA turns 30!
The Americans with Disabilities Act celebrates its 30th anniversary. The ADA’s profound influence on the way people with disabilities experience all aspects of daily life calls for celebration. In 1990 the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, a triumphal moment for American civil rights.
The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. Its purpose is to make sure people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The law address jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.
Five sections of the ADA relating to public life include:
- Title I – Employment
- Title II – Public Services: State and Local Government
- Title III – Public Accommodations and Services Operated by Private Entities
- Title IV – Telecommunications
- Title V – Miscellaneous Provisions
Since 1996, when the ADA was young, LCM Architects has been devoted to promoting accessibility in the built environment. LCM Partners Jack Catlin and Doug Anderson served by presidential appointment on the U.S. Access Board. This independent federal agency promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design. Among other roles, the Access Board develops accessibility guidelines and standards for the building and other industries.
ADA Title II and Title III require public and private enterprises to remove barriers that limit physical access for people with disabilities. As architects, this is where our specialty is focused. Clients of all types come to us for guidance about making their facilities, services, and programs accessible to the public.
Monthly themes established by ADA National Network to celebrate ADA 30
LCM is proud to create content to share ways in which the ADA is involved in shaping the built environment and a universal future. We direct readers to some of this content following ADA 30’s monthly themes to celebrate throughout 2020.
- January – Transportation – Better Transit for Experience
- February – Voting access
- March – Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month – LCM’s client Center for Enriched Living exists so that people with development disabilities can be fully included in the community, achieve personal success, and enjoy a good quality of life.
- April – Traveling, Ground Transportation – Chicago Transit Authority All Stations Accessible Program
- May – Recreation – Polk Brothers Park at Navy Pier
- June – Public Accommodation –Pop-up Shops and ADA Compliance
- July – 30th Anniversary of the ADA
- August – Back to School Access – Ohio University is committed to improving accessibility on campus. The University views inclusivity as an essential consideration for all physical and program planning on campus.
- September – Emergency Preparedness and Management
- October – Employment- Access Living – A permanent home has enabled a vital advocacy force to guide people with disabilities on a path toward independent living and productive citizenship.
- November – Veterans and the ADA – Chez Center for Veterans in Higher Education
- December – Shaping a Universal Future – Universal Design, Defined
More information available at https://www.adaanniversary.org/home
Image Courtesy of: ADA National Network (adata.org)