National Disability Independence Day – July 26th
Today, Monday, July 26th is National Disability Independence Day. This day commemorates the official signing of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) by President George H. W. Bush in 1990. The purpose of the ADA is to prevent employment discrimination and allow those with disabilities better access to services, goods, and communications.
Addressing a range of issues, from the reconstruction of wheelchair accessible bathrooms and doorways, brail menus, and crosswalks for the visually impaired, to enhancing technology and limiting restrictions for those needing necessary information, the ADA has drastically motivated the nation to provide equal opportunities for all levels of physical and mental abilities.
Today, most businesses are ADA compliant. If you are a designer or employer, take a moment to consider your interaction with people with disabilities. Are you able to offer fair opportunity? Is your website easily accessible for those with loss of sight or hearing? If not, now is the time to make pertinent updates for purposes of compliance.
To learn more on how to become ADA compliant please visit ADA Technical Assistance.