Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist
This July marks the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law that is fundamental in ensuring equality in all areas of public life for individuals with disabilities across the country.
The law’s passing in 1990 ensured equal access to public resources for individuals with disabilities, from wheelchair ramps for public buildings, educational support in public schools for children with developmental disabilities to equal opportunity protections for job seekers, among the many benefits. Though the manifestations of the law take many forms, all of these policies collectively represent a greater idea: that equal accessibility for all people is a necessity.
It was this monumental shift in legislation and public awareness that allowed for the emergence of programs like the Enable Savings Plan, which works to support individuals with disabilities and help pave the pathway for financial independence.
There is certainly much more to be done in the space to increase inclusion and accessibility, but the protection of the civil rights of individuals with disabilities under law makes the statement that maintaining these rights is everyone’s responsibility.
The Enable Savings Plan is proud to continue the legacy of the Americans with Disabilities Act, by ensuring that individuals with disabilities are able to manage their savings, and disability-related expenses, with confidence and financial security!