Opportunity Village is celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 31 Anniversary
Celebrating ADA 31st anniversary
Today (July 26, 2021) marks 31 years since the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Over the last three decades, the ADA has transformed the disability rights movement and created opportunities for more than 60 million Americans.
Opportunity Village champions for the 1 in 4 Americans that has a disability. Though America has made great progress, there are still Americans with disabilities who experience systemic discrimination and marginalization today. Together we can continue to advance disability rights and create a more equitable and inclusive America.
What is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990 that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. 
The Next Phase of Disability Rights
As we move forward into the next 31 years of the disability rights movement, the Americans Association of People with Disabilities have outlined areas we must focus on:
Identity: Celebrating disability and empowering people with disabilities to lead and advocate for their diverse needs.
Community integration: Advocating for the right for people with disabilities to live in their homes and communities by providing accessible and equitable transportation and housing.
Healthcare: Strengthening infrastructure in the wake of COVID-19 to ensure people with disabilities have control over their healthcare decisions and equal access to quality, affordable and comprehensive care – especially disabled people of color.
Employment: Eliminating systemic, discriminatory practices that create barriers to community integration, economic opportunity, and self-empowerment.
Political participation: Removing obstructions to political participation for people with disabilities.
How Opportunity Village is Supporting Disability Rights
At Opportunity Village, we are looking towards the future. Our long-term vision is to serve every person with a disability who wants to be served in the state of Nevada. We prioritize the people we serve in all decisions across the organization. Betty’s Village, OV’s inclusive residential community, is just the start for enhancing community integration.
Opportunity Village’s mission is to serve people throughout our community with intellectual disabilities, to enhance their lives and the lives of the families who love them. We promise to carry out our mission with love and care for people.
This year on the 31st anniversary of the enactment of Americans with Disabilities Act, we urge you to explore ways you can help the community becomes more inclusive.