Twenty years after the 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed, the ADA was enacted to guarantee individuals with disabilities had the "same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life" (U.S. Department of Justice, 2009).
These opportunities include the right to purchase goods and services and participate in State (and local) programs.
July 2015 will mark the 25th Anniversary of ADA, a significant civil rights law that protects people with disabilities against discrimination in:
However, as stated in Barbara Merrill's article in , there are serious challenges in providing constructive programs, such as the home and community-based services. These problems require attention considering the growing number of individuals with developmental disabilities.
In addition to celebrating one of the most crucial civil rights legislation in US history, we must strive to protect people with disabilities as we continue to progress as a society.