Photo Collage: 4 images A black and White historical photo of the Capital Crawl with Anita Cameron climbing the steps of the capital in DC on March 12, 1990, A color photo of red, white and blue flag with stars in the shape of the universal sign for disability, A black and white photo of Rev. Harold Wilke signing a document with his foot and red, white and blue image with text reading ADA 30 1990-2020 Americans with Disabilities Act Celebrate the ADA! July 26, 2020

Get Your Disability Pride On! Celebrating 30 Years of the ADA

In July, we joyously celebrate Disability Pride Month and this year, the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law July 26, 1990. Yes, our hard work has paid off. This landmark Civil Rights Law, the ADA, provides all citizens who have a disability or become a person with a disability equal access to public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.   

People with disabilities are the largest and most diverse population representing all ages, abilities, races, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, LGBTQI, and socio economic backgrounds. Disability Pride is about honoring each person’s uniqueness and seeing it as a natural and beautiful part of human diversity. We are all created in God’s image. 

Let’s celebrate all the amazing disability rights advocates… like Anita Cameron, who was one of over 1,000 protestors in DC on March 12, 1990 who climbed the capital steps to bring attention to the inequalities persons with disabilities face. This historical protest is known today as the Capitol Crawl.  

…like Rev. Harold Wilke from our very own denomination, the United Church of Christ (UCC). Rev. Wilke was at the signing of the ADA and offered the Invocation at the White House ceremony. Rev Wilke in his invocation said that the new law was “the breaking of the chains which held back millions of Americans with disabilities.” 

It is because we together united, pushed for justice, we can celebrate our Disability Pride with one another in this month of July on the 30th Anniversary of the ADA. 

~ Helen Walsh, on behalf of the FCCB Disability Empowerment Team