Monday, July 27, 2015

The ADA is only 25!?

Yesterday, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrated its 25th birthday. The EEOC commemorated the milestone with a special ADA 25 page.

I can't believe it's only 25! That means it was enacted in 1990, the summer between 8th and 9th grade for me . . . yet, I remember absolutely nothing about it. I guess that's a testament to what a carefree childhood I had. I vividly remember Vanilla Ice proclaiming "1990 is my year, baby! Yup, yup, word to ya mutha." But the ADA? Nope.

My generation (or at least those of us as oblivious as I was) take these things for granted. Of course you can't discriminate against employees with disabilities! But it was not all that long ago that you could. Happy birthday ADA.