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Americans with Disabilities Act

Thirty years ago, then-President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act. For the first time, civil rights protections against discrimination were extended to people with disabilities, and public places and employers were required to provide reasonable accommodations for accessibility. Like all minority rights movements, the disability rights fight is ongoing. In this guide, we are providing books and videos about both the ADA law itself, and contemporary issues regarding disability rights.

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Zoom In: Microaggressions and Disability

An intimate portrait of five disabled people living in the Pacific Northwest. They discuss microaggressions and implicit bias against people with disabilities, developing disability pride and identity, and how bias affects them every day. The film suggests how teachers, coworkers, health care workers, and families can become better allies to members of the largest minority group in the US.


Defiant Lives: The Rise Of The Disability Rights Movement

A triumphant film that traces the origins of the world-wide disability rights movement. It tells the stories of the individuals who bravely put their lives on the line to create a better world where everyone is valued and can participate.


RAMPED UP: The Pitfalls of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act - signed into law in 1990 - was referred to as the Emancipation Proclamation for Americans with disabilities. But because the government mostly lacks the power to ensure the law is followed, people with disabilities bear the primary burden of its enforcement through lawsuits. Defendants of these lawsuits say that the law is far too technical for business owners to keep up with, which leads to abuse. RAMPED UP addresses the pitfalls of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the politics and money that are stilled tied up with accessibility in America.


President Obama at the ADA 25th Anniversary

President Obama delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. July 20, 2015.


The ADA Made Simple

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) make it illegal to discriminate against employees because of disabilities. 1 in 5 Americans...a total of 56 million people live with disabilities. Disabled Americans possess a massive amount of talent and skill and when given the opportunity, the benefits they bring to our businesses and our economy are immeasurable. Modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the ADA is the “equal opportunity” law for people with disabilities.