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U.S. Attorney's Office Commemorates 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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

PITTSBURGH – Sunday, July 26, 2020, marked the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (the ADA), a critical civil rights law that aims to eliminate discrimination against people with disabilities.

"The ADA has improved the lives of millions of Americans by ensuring that individuals with disabilities are afforded equal access and opportunity," said U.S. Attorney Scott Brady. "Our office remains committed to investigating complaints, removing barriers and safeguarding the civil rights of all of our citizens, including those protected by the ADA."

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 were largely inaccessible to individuals with disabilities prior to the law’s enactment. Whether in employment, areas of civic life, or in the day-to-day activities and access to goods and services that we all enjoy – the ADA ensures that individuals with disabilities enjoy the same opportunities as all Americans to participate in everything this nation has to offer.

Over the past 30 years, the United States has undertaken the challenge of changing perceptions about disability, tearing down barriers to equality, and altering the systems that have historically excluded people with disabilities. Today, the Justice Department commemorates the many ways that the ADA has transformed society—by replacing exclusion with access, segregation with integration, and limitations with self-determination.

For more information about the ADA, call the Department’s toll-free ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 or 800-514-0383 (TTY). To file a complaint with the Department, please visit the Civil Rights Division’s portal at

In January 2020, U.S. Attorney Brady named Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eric G. Olshan and Haley Warden-Rodgers as co-coordinators of the office’s Civil Rights efforts. Either can be reached through the office’s main number: (412) 644-3500 or by emailing

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice. Learn more about the history of our agency at

Updated October 13, 2021

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