ADA History

The history of the Americans with Disabilities Act is powerful and complex, its road paved with remarkable perseverance and passion. From its earliest flicker shortly after the passage of the Civil Rights Act to the point where it finally ignited almost thirty years later, the story of the ADA is amply documented. Through the alliances and dedicated engagement of the disability community and its advocates, policies and laws continue to be introduced (and passed) that make life in the United States more equitable for all Americans.
The following collection of resources outlines the momentous journey and turning points — both nationally and locally — of this singularly important legislation that impacts millions of Americans’ everyday lives, every day.

National ADA history

Minnesota history and the ADA

President Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act on the South Lawn of the White House.

Photo credit: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum