The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrates its 25th anniversary on Sunday, July 26, 2015 — on this day in 1990, former President George H.W. Bush signed the bill into law. The tireless efforts of advocates, legislators, and other men and women led to inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities. President Bush stated that, “every man, woman, and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence, and freedom.”

In honor of the ADA’s anniversary, the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), in partnership with other Health and Human Service state agencies and in collaboration with stakeholders and community partners, is hosting an ADA 25th Anniversary Celebration Ceremony, “Empowerment, Independence, and Access for All” in Austin, TX on July 27. The event will be accessible and available online as a live webcast via the website below.

For more information on the 25th Anniversary Celebration Ceremony, please visit: www.dars.state.tx.us/disability.