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29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Observing the 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26, 2019 marks the 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

The ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) give civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. The ADA and ADAAA also assure equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities for access to businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services, and telecommunications.

"We've been assisting individuals with disabilities in Wisconsin since 1974," shared Karl Kopp, Executive Director of Society's Assets.

Society's Assets is a local community-based nonprofit providing services to individuals of all ages with any disability who live in Racine, Kenosha, Walworth, Rock, and Jefferson counties. Formed in Racine by people with disabilities, the name Society's Assets was chosen because the founders wanted to be seen as assets to society, as having abilities to contribute to the community.

"Through outreach, training and assistance we can help with ADA compliance, said Karen Olufs, Director of Independent Living Services.

Society's Assets is the "go to" local resource for free, confidential information, guidance and training on the ADA and its implementation. Call (800) 378-9128 if you need support.