U.S. Attorney’s Office Notes 30th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act | USAO-NJ

NEWARK, N.J. – The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed on July 26, 1990, and is the nation’s preeminent law for providing access and equal opportunity for people with disabilities. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has played a vital role in enforcing the ADA in order to help eliminate discrimination against people with disabilities. U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito today reinforces the Office’s commitment to vigorously enforce the ADA in the years to come.

“The ADA is a landmark civil rights statute that guarantees people with disabilities equal opportunity to fully participate in mainstream life without discriminatory barriers,” U.S. Attorney Carpenito said. “Despite the tremendous progress that has been made in the 30 years since this historic legislation was signed, we still see unlawful barriers that prevent individuals with disabilities from fully participating in many aspects of society. The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to work tirelessly to shatter those discriminatory barriers.”

Over the past 30 years, our country has worked to change attitudes about disability, remove obstacles to equality, and dismantle the systems that have historically excluded people with disabilities. We commemorate the many ways that the ADA has transformed our society – by replacing exclusion with access, segregation with integration, and limitations with self-determination. The ADA has advanced the promise of the American dream, ensuring that people with disabilities can write their own stories. We are better and stronger because of the contributions that people with disabilities make.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has prioritized enforcing the ADA to vindicate the rights of people with disabilities in several recent matters. These efforts include:


The Justice Department’s ADA Voting Initiative focuses on protecting the right of individuals with disabilities. A hallmark of the ADA Voting Initiative is its collaboration with jurisdictions to increase accessibility at polling places. The Department of Justice has surveyed more than 2,200 polling places and increased polling place accessibility in more than 35 jurisdictions, including in Ocean County and Union County, New Jersey.

For more information about the 30th Anniversary of the ADA, please visit www.ada.gov.  More information about the U.S. Attorney’s Civil Rights Unit and its enforcement efforts is available at https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/civil-rights-enforcement

Individuals who believe they may have been victims of discrimination may file a complaint with the U.S Attorney’s Office at https://www.justice.gov/usao-nj/civil-rights-enforcement/complaint.

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