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Disability Awareness: July 2014

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"I am different, not less."

~Temple Grandin


July 26 marks the twenty-fourth anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) the first equal opportunity law for people with disabilities. This is also a great time to recall the landmark Olmstead decision, a June 22, 1990 Supreme Court ruling which found segregation of individuals with disabilities to be discrimination in violation of the Title II of the ADA Act.

  • Federal lawmakers voted Wednesday 6/25 to approve the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The jobs bill includes measures to assist disabled people in the transition from school to work by discouraging separate employment centers and changing minimum wage guidelines. See articles from Disability Scoop & Politico.

  • Maysoon Zayid, who describes disability being “as visual as race” discusses how she finds voice and balance in a world where her disability often takes center stage. Ms. Zayid is a shining example how powerful an inclusive community can be and the importance of Olmstead decision. Please listen to her message here.

    Maysoon Zayid


The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) was the first "equal opportunity" law for people with disabilities that was signed on July 26, 1990. The Act protects individuals that either have, are perceived to have or have a history of a physical or mental impairment.

  • ADA Regulation for Title II, as printed in the Federal Register (7/26/91). The Department of Justice's regulation implementing title II, subtitle A, of the ADA which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in all services, programs, and activities provided to the public by State and local governments, except public transportation services.
  • ADA Regulation for Title III, as printed in the Code of Federal Regulations (7/1/94). The Department of Justice's regulation implementing title III of the ADA, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in "places of public accommodation" (businesses and non-profit agencies that serve the public) and "commercial facilities" (other businesses). The regulation includes Appendix A to Part 36 - Standards for Accessible Design establishing minimum standards for ensuring accessibility when designing and constructing a new facility or altering an existing facility.



June 22, 2014 was the 15th anniversary of the Olmstead decision, a landmark Supreme Court ruling that found segregation of individuals with disabilities to be discrimination in violation of the Title II of the ADA Act.

The Court found that institutional placement isolates individuals and perpetuates the assumption that those individuals are incapable of or unworthy of participating in community life. Confinement also decreases the quality of everyday life of individuals, including family relations, social contacts, work options, economic independence, educational advancement, and cultural enrichment.


  • AgrAbility Fact Sheets - The fact sheets are designed to provide useful information and resources to any farmer or agricultural worker who has a disability, injury or illness.
  • Deaf Linx - Fighting Audism Through Empowerment
  • Deaf Websites - Online Deaf Web Directory
  • DiversityInc - Those who have a .gov email address can sign up for free magazine subscription.
  • Expanding Your Market - Planning/conducting meetings and events that are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Faces and Facts of Disability - Official Social Security website
  • Helpful Healthy Chart (PDF; 38 KB)
  • How to Make Your Computer Workstation More User-Friendly
  • Know Your Employment Rights as a Disabled American
  • US Department of Labor
  • The Disability Emphasis Program goals are to:
  • Promote understanding and appreciation of individuals with disabilities.
  • Promote understanding of the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
  • Provide reasonable accommodations and accessibilities.
  • Encourage managers to provide career enhancement and promotions for people with disabilities.
  • Target Center logo

    The USDA TARGET Center's mission is to– Ensure that all USDA employees have safe and equal access to electronic and information technology by assessing, educating, and advocating for the integration of assistive technology and worksite accommodations.


    USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.