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The Americans With Disabilities Act, commonly referred to as the ADA, is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and ensures equal opportunity in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation. Signed into law on July 26, 1990, it also mandates the establishment of TDD/telephone relay services.

Paralyzed Veterans of America led the charge for passage of this legislation, which is widely regarded as the nation’s most comprehensive law affecting people with disabilities ever enacted. A living, breathing law with countless accomplishments to be celebrated, PVA has fought against efforts to weaken the ADA since its adoption more than 30 years ago.

PVA Leading the ADA Forward

As disability advocates, PVA continues to push for greater compliance and needed reforms, from seeking ratification of an international disability treaty to removing architectural, employment and attitudinal barriers for individuals with disabilities. It also pushes for greater access to parking, housing, travel, and voting rights for all Veterans and people with disabilities.

Supporting All People with Disabilities

The foundation of the ADA is to break down barriers encountered by veterans and all people with disabilities – and this is the heart of PVA’s mission. This page will provide an opportunity to share your ADA stories, as well as information on significant accessibility issues our members and all people with disabilities face, and how they can enforce their rights under the law. Stay tuned as we continue to share valuable resources throughout the year.

ADA Survey Results

PVA surveyed nearly 300 wheelchair users and asked them about life in America 30 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed. Despite the many positive changes that have come about as a result, there are still barriers to access that men and women with disabilities face on a daily basis. PVA remains committed to fighting for a world with equal access to all. [View Survey Results]

Accessibility for All

Through these animations, you can learn about just a few of the many obstacles the disability community is faced with on a daily basis as well as accessibility solutions. Click the thumbnail to view the animation.

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