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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  & The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

Americans with Disabilities Act

The ADA, signed on July 26, 1990, is considered one of the most significant of civil rights laws passed since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, from which it draws heavily. It protects individuals with physical and mental disabilities against discrimination in areas such as employment, public accommodations, and transportation.

The ADA changed the landscape of America, increasing access for individuals with disabilities and making buses with chairlifts, ramps into hotels, and government buildings and wheelchair accessible restrooms commonplace.

On September 25, 2008, President Bush signed the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 into law.  The law restores Congress' original intent to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

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