Throughout history, people with disabilities have played a pivotal and productive role in the birth and growth of our nation. One such individual is Gouverneur Morris, the New Englander who, along with Pennsylvania’s James Wilson, gave the Preamble its unforgettable text: “We the People.”
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a law that protects the rights of people with disabilities. The disability community fought hard to get the ADA passed into law, and we continue to fight hard to protect it. This year, we’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of the ADA becoming the law of the land. As part of our #ADA30 celebrations, we’re pleased to announce our new plain-language resource, “A Self-Advocate’s Guide to the Americans with Disabilities Act.”
The word “ableism” is relatively new — it’s been in use for the past three or four decades — though what it describes is not. It is a broad term that covers behaviors, social norms or laws that demean or devalue disabled people — and ableist language is one of the more persistent and ingrained versions of it.
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