Disability community celebrates 25th year of Americans With Disabilities Act

The 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act will be celebrated Sunday at the Minnesota History Center.

The act, signed in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, prohibits job discrimination and requires accommodation for people with disabilities.

Organizers say:

It took many decades of activism to secure equal rights for people with disabilities that culminated in the signing of this historic civil rights legislation. The ADA provided and continues to provide inclusion of millions of people with disabilities into the mainstream of American life.

The Sunday event is free and runs from noon to 4 p.m.

There will be interactive art exhibits, live entertainment, speakers, and clips from The “ADA at 25: Disability Rights in MN,” a documentary film produced by TPT.

The Minnesota State Council on Disabilities worked with TPT on the 30-minute documentary, which highlights the impact of the ADA on Minnesotans with disabilities by focusing on the civil rights struggle Minnesotans faced leading up to the passage of the ADA. It also looks at where the community believes the ADA needs to go in the next 25 years.

It will air July 26, 8 p.m., on TPT.

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