On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. The ADA is an important moment in building code history. The benefits of the ADA extend to a broad range of people in all areas of society. Developing and enforcing building regulations for accessibility continues to be a struggle and some of the first steps were made twenty-seven years ago.
"The ADA is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services. Modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin - and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 -- the ADA is an 'equal opportunity' law for people with disabilities."
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