NCBDDD recognizes 26th Anniversary of ADA
July 26 marked the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. The ADA has helped to create better opportunities for individuals with disabilities to work, play, and participate in their communities by providing better access to buildings, transportation, and employment. However, access to quality health care and the inclusion of people with disabilities in health promotion and disease prevention programs are still challenges; people living with disabilities continue to face significant differences in health compared with people who do not have disabilities.
The work of NCBDDD’s Division of Human Development and Disability (DHDD) honors the intent of the ADA as a critical piece of civil rights legislation for people with disabilities. We provide helpful data, tools, and resources that public health programs need to make sure people with disabilities are included and have access to the programs and initiatives that can help improve their health and quality of life.
- Read our CDC feature to learn about our recently updated Disability and Health Data System (DHDS). Explore this interactive tool and find information that can help you identify the health differences between people with and without disabilities. You can use this information to help identify priorities and develop inclusive programs and services that effectively improve the health of people with disabilities in your community.
- Visit the disability and health website to find helpful information about disability inclusion and learn more about:
- Find out who are our newly funded National Centers on Disability and State Disability and Health Programs; connect with a program near you and collaborate with them to create communities where everyone has the same opportunity to be healthy.
What you can do:
This month, CDC and NCBDDD has been publishing Tweets and Facebook posts and will continue to publish messages through a variety of social media channels. Take a moment to follow: @CDC_NCBDDD, CDC on Facebook, CDC on Instagram and CDC on Pinterest as well as share our resources with others.
Let everybody know how you are using our resources, such as DHDS, to make the case for disability inclusion.