Q&A: 30 years after the ADA, how far have we come?

Jul 25, 2020

President George H.W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act on the White House South Lawn on July 26, 1990.
Credit White House Historical Association

July 26 is the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment and access to government services.

Rebecca Cokley
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Rebecca Cokley, who served in the Obama administration and is currently the director of the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress, recently talked to WXXI's Alex Crichton about the progress that has been made since the ADA went into effect and how much remains to be done.

In this Q&A, Cokley, who was born with a common form of dwarfism, said we wouldn't have the ADA if it weren't for the passage of the Education for all Handicapped Children Act years earlier.

This story is part of Move to Include, an initiative that uses the power of public media to inform and transform attitudes and behaviors about inclusion. Move to Include was founded by WXXI and the Golisano Foundation and expanded with a grant by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.


Rebecca Cokley Q&A transcript by WXXI News on Scribd