Guam is joining the rest of the nation in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The landmark legislation, signed into law on July 26, 1990, is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. It affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal.
According to Jermaine Alerta, executive director of the Guam Developmental Disabilities Council, his agency is collaborating with its developmental disabilities tri-agency partners — Guam CEDDERS and Guam Legal Services Corporation as well as the Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities — to help raise public awareness about the ADA.
“We are encouraging individuals with disabilities and their families to share stories about how the ADA has impacted their lives. Additionally, we want the public to assist in highlighting people, businesses, events, and organizations that help carry out the goals of the ADA. On social media, we are promoting the celebration on ALL posts by tagging #ADA30guam,” Alerta said.