The History of American Accessibility Law and a Look to the Future
The United States has a long history of American accessibility law. When it comes to making life more accessible to people with disabilities, there are some stains on our society, like the 1920’s legal sterilization of Virginians with mental disabilities. At other times there were significant wins towards accessibility inclusion, including the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990.
This timeline highlights the major milestones throughout the history of American accessibility law, Supreme Court decisions, and technological innovations that have established civil rights for Americans with disabilities.
Timeline: The History of American Accessibility Law
1972 – Mills v Board of Education. The US District Court in the District of Columbia decides that every child, regardless of type or severity of their disability, is entitled to free public education.
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1973 – The Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The first civil rights protection for people with disabilities becomes law. Section 504 of the Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.
1975 – The Education for [...]