The ADA at 25: Continuing to Make Your Life Better

Hand turning the word Disability into Ability with red marker isolated on white.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H. W. Bush. It is a civil rights law. You may not be aware, but it's probably made your life a little easier, and certainly has helped those with disabilities. It has affected everything from door latches to curb ramps. More aspects continue to be adopted—playgrounds and play equipment were included in the 2010 updates.

Seattle Public Library and disability community advocates invite you to two free film screenings to celebrate ADA25. Click on the graphic for more information.

The ADA is a set of federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

There are multiple free events going on in July 2015:

  • Saturday, July 11: Seattle Public Library invites you to the Central Library/Microsoft Auditorium for a panel discussion and free film screening. At 2:00 p.m., meet disability services partners from National Alliance on Mental Health and the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities. At 3:00 p.m., watch Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia, a soul-searching examination into the nature of society's responsibility towards those afflicted with severe mental illness. The film is captioned for viewers with hearing loss. After the film, stay for Q&A with Ashley Fontaine, MSW, executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Health—Greater Seattle.
  • Tuesday, July 21: Seattle Public Library invites you to the Central Library/Microsoft Auditorium for a resource fair and free film screening. At 5:00 p.m., visit resource tables and meet disability services partners from the Seattle Commission for People with Disabilities, Northwest ADA Center, Aging and Disability Services, and the Northwest Universal Design Council. At 6:00 p.m., watch FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement, which takes a close look at the drive to be "better than human" and the radical technological innovations that may take us there. The film is captioned for viewers with hearing loss. After the film, stay for Q&A with Arielle Silverman, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Washington's Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.
  • Wednesday, July 22: Come to Westlake Park from 4:00–6:00 p.m. for an ADA25 celebration and rally. Hear speakers from local and state governments, collect free giveaways, and more. For information and updates, visit the Northwest ADA Center's 25th anniversary webpage.

For more information about the ADA 25th anniversary, visit the ADA National Network's anniversary webpage at www.adaanniversary.org.