The Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) and the national network of University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA, which was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990, is a landmark civil rights bill that impacts millions of Americans and protects them from discrimination with regard to education, employment, housing and much more.
The MCDD has played a key role in the Maryland disability community since the signing of the ADA. Even before the signing of the legislation, the MCDD provided the four core functions of any UCEDD: pre-service training, community education, research and evaluation, and information dissemination across the lifespan. To commemorate this anniversary, an online webinar is being created for people to share how the ADA has impacted their lives and what the ADA means to them.