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July 26, 2020 – 

NMCTR, as a nonprofit organization, prides itself in advocating for equality. As July 26th, 2020 approached, NMCTR wanted to bring awareness to the importance of this day. July 26th marks the 30th anniversary of The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), passed on July 26, 1990, to ensure the civil rights of citizens with disabilities.  

NMCTR contacted Governor Lujan Grisham, Santa Fe County, and Santa Fe Mayor Webber to bring awareness of the importance of July 26th. Governor Lujan Grisham, Santa Fe County, and Santa Fe Mayor Webber all Proclaimed July 26, 2020, as a day to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the ADA, to affirm the progress that has been made, and acknowledge the work still to be done.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is not only a comprehensive civil rights law but one of human rights, mandating fairness, opportunity, and inclusion of all Americans. It established a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities and expanded opportunities by reducing barriers, changing perceptions, and increasing full participation in and access to community life. The ADA has roots in the 504 Sit-In of April 1977 (one of longest occupations of a federal building in U.S. history) and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. It is the product of years of effort, struggle, and sacrifice and its passage is a monumental victory won by Americans, in the words of President Obama, “who refused to accept the world as it was and—against great odds—organized a grassroots movement to enshrine the principle of equality into law”.

To learn more about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

  • Speakers from the disability community will celebrate the ADA’s 30th Anniversary with a special workshop on July 26, Click HERE 
  • Watch on Netflix the 2020 Sundance Audience Award winner, documentary Crip Camp: a Disability Revolution
  • From the New York Times, an editorial on ADA, Click HERE 
  • From the New York Times, reflections on “What the A.D.A. Means to Me” by civil rights icons Judy Heumann, Alice Wong, and Haben Girma, Click HERE 
  • From the New York Times, a series of articles on the ADA at 3O, Click HERE