Americans With Disabilities Act 1990

July 26, 1990. George H. W. Bush signs the ADA into law.



The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 was significant because it extended the provisions of Section 504 to privately owned businesses in public life.  The law was modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  It meant that regardless if an institution was receiving federal aid, it would have to amend its facility to accommodate the handicap community.


“The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. It also applies to the United States Congress.

To be protected by the ADA, one must have a disability or have a relationship or association with an individual with a disability. An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. The ADA does not specifically name all of the impairments that are covered.” – Source:

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