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Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law 30 years ago, on July 25, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush.  The ADA is a landmark piece of civil rights legislation to increase the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life, including employment.

Celebrations in honor of ADA30 began during National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2019 and will continue throughout 2020.

ADA30 Celebration Event

On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, the Governor’s Council on Disability, in collaboration with other state agencies, centers for independent living, Missouri Assistive Technology, Missouri Commission for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Missouri Mental Health Foundation, MU Pre-Employment Transition Services, and the Great Plains ADA Center, is hosting a 30th anniversary celebration event at the Missouri State Capitol (1st floor rotunda). Please save the date and join us for this event! Please see the tentative agenda for the event.

For the safety of all participants, attendees are asked to wear a mask and maintain distance to other participants. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available. Light refreshments will be provided.

The event will be broadcast via Facebook live on the Governor's Council on Disability's Facebook page (

Download the ADA30 Agenda

Download the Agenda

ADA30 - Success of the ADA, Visions for the Future of the ADA

ADA30 Survey

In preparation for this event, the GCD has developed a survey to get input from Missouri citizens on the successes and accomplishments of the ADA and to share visions for an accessible, inclusive future for the next 30 years of the ADA.

To participate in the ADA30 survey, please visit

ADA30 Information

Additional information about the ADA Anniversary can be found on the ADA National Network’s website at

Ideas for Celebrating the ADA:

Monthly themes to celebrate the ADA:

Other Resources

Timeline of the ADA:

Overview of the ADA: