ADA, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law on July 26, 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. Throughout the year and on the ADA Anniversary, the ADA National Network participates in celebrating this landmark event as a way of bringing attention to the important work that has been done to promote equal opportunity for people with disabilities and to highlight the work that is yet to be done.
Census.gov reports that about 56.7 million people — 19 percent of the population — had a disability in 2010, according to a broad definition of disability, with more than half of them reporting the disability was severe, according to a comprehensive report on this population released in 2012 by the U.S. Census Bureau.
A CDC study, drawn from 2013 data, says 53 million Americans have a disability. The researchers of this study defined a disability as a self-reported difficulty in one or more of five areas: vision, cognition, mobility, self-care or independent living.
src: Prevalence of Disability and Disability Type Among Adults — United States, 2013
CDC MMWR July 31, 2015 / 64(29);
Vahakn Matossian introduces Human Instruments and their technology that breathes new life into creativity and expression for disabled musicians..