Disability Rights

Man in hardhat standing in a manufacturing building (Courtesy of Trevor Hutchinson)

Watershed disabilities law strengthens U.S. firms

Read on to learn how the Americans with Disabilities Act empowered Trevor Hutchinson to request accommodations that boosted his work performance.
Woman in wheelchair using voting booth (© Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)

U.S. laws help people with disabilities vote

The landmark Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30 on July 26. Learn how it revolutionized voting for citizens with disabilities.
Four people around President George H.W. Bush as he sits at desk signing document (© Barry Thumma/AP Images)

This 1990 disabilities law ushered in a new era

Happy 30th birthday to the ADA, a comprehensive law protecting Americans with disabilities. Learn more about how the law helps them live their best life.
Woman with artificial leg exercising (© Sebastián Rodriguez)

Cancer survivor finds a business in improving others’ lives

Even before Kathy Pico knew she could survive her cancer, she decided to build a business that would help others. The U.S. helped her build it.
People writing on desk with replica skulls on it (© Ricky Carioti/Washington Post/Getty Images)

Students with disabilities excel at American universities

At American universities, students with disabilities get accommodation and support in addition to access to great academics.

Support people with disabilities. Download this free poster.

People with disabilities have valuable talents that benefit society. Help them have the best chance to use them. Spread the word. Download this free poster.
Patrons using sign language in bar (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Sign-language-friendly businesses take off

A growing number of deaf-friendly and signing-first businesses — which use sign language as their primary form of communication — are opening in the U.S.
Legs of blind woman walking on the sidewalk, using a white cane (Shutterstock)

How the blind can experience shopping or a solar eclipse [video]

A California company's smart glasses and remote, live assistants are opening doors for the blind and the visually impaired.
Runners racing on a track (© Damian Dovarganes/AP Images)

Smithsonian honors Special Olympics athletes and history

A new museum exhibition traces the roots of the Special Olympics organization, focusing on founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver and four accomplished Special Olympians.