· 30th Anniversary ·
Americans with Disabilities Act
In 2020, we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law on July 26, 1990. The ADA changed the landscape of America by requiring buildings and transportation to be wheelchair accessible, and to provide workplace accommodations for people with disabilities.
Senator Harkin Delivers first speech from the Senate floor in American Sign Language
Upon passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 13, 1990, Senator Harkin delivered a speech on the Senate floor in American Sign Language. Senator Harkin knew firsthand about the challenges of facing people with disabilities from his brother, Frank, who had been deaf since an early age.
Watch an Iowa Press Special on the Americans with Disabilities Act, featuring Harkin Institute Policy Director Amy Bentley.
Jessica Cox, the first and only armless pilot will fly with Senator Tom Harkin in celebration of the ADA.