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Americans with Disabilities Act Celebrates 30 Years

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana

BILLINGS— The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Montana is proud to play a critical role in the Department of Justice’s enforcement efforts under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which this year marks 30 years since the signing of the landmark legislation.  The ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990 and is the nation’s preeminent civil rights law for providing access and equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

 "The ADA has transformed the lives of countless Americans with disabilities by removing barriers and ensuring equal access to all aspects of everyday life. We will continue to enforce the civil rights protections under the law, support those with disabilities and urge Montanans to report any violations," U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

The promise of the ADA is its wide-ranging efforts to eliminate disability discrimination across the range of services, programs, and activities that most Americans take for granted, but for too long were largely inaccessible to individuals with disabilities.  Whether in employment; areas of civic life; or in the day-to-day activities and access to goods and services – the ADA requires steps be taken to ensure access for all.  

During the past 30 years, the country has undertaken the hard work of changing attitudes about disability, tearing down barriers to equality, and dismantling the systems that have historically excluded people with disabilities.  Today, the country commemorates the many ways 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.  Society is better and stronger because of the contributions from people with disabilities.

For more information about the 30th Anniversary of the ADA, please visit

To file a complaint with the Department, please visit the Civil Rights Division’s portal at

For more information about the ADA, call the Department’s toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TTY).




Clair Johnson Howard
Public Information Officer

Updated July 27, 2020