Thursday, July 28, 2016

Fast Lane: 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Twenty-six years ago today, President George H.W. Bush signed into the law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark civil rights legislation prohibits discrimination and guarantees equal access to opportunity for persons with disabilities.

As Secretary Foxx has said, “The heart of the Americans with Disabilities Act is access to transportation.” At the Department of Transportation, we are committed to building a 21st century transportation system that is accessible for all Americans.

Picture of ADA Rally
Photo courtesy of Tom Olin
Across the country we’ve improved access to public transit since ADA went into effect in 1990. Today, nearly 100 percent of transit buses and key transit stations across the country are ADA-compliant.
Over the past year, we’ve improved accessibility at our nation’s airports by requiring relief areas for service animals in each terminal and for airports and carriers to work together to provide lifts if accessible boarding bridges for passengers are not available.  Airports are also now required to have high-contrast captioning on televisions and audio-visual displays.

Under Secretary Foxx's leadership, we're also working to make it easier for individuals to submit their concerns to DOT about accessibility on sidewalks, buses, trains, and planes.

As we celebrate the 26th anniversary of the ADA, the men and women at the Department of Transportation will continue to work to ensure that our transportation system will be accessible for every American.

Watch this video about the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, featuring former Secretary Samuel K. Skinner who served from 1989 to 1991:


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