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Celebrating 24 Years of the ADA

Arlington Public Library marks the 24th anniversary of a sweeping set of civil rights protections becoming law

Signed by President George H.W. Bush, the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications and governmental activities. The ADA also establishes requirements for telecommunications assistance services.

Hector-in-the-Library-1024x680Recently we got to meet Hector, a big library fan from California who stopped by Central to tell us how reading, volunteering, the Internet and the ADA have helped him thrive despite autism and other “invisible” disabilities. We’re only sorry Hector, with an impressive library card collection, lives a bit beyond our jurisdiction.

Regular users of Central will recognize R.J. Martin, a vital member of our circulation team, who is also known around rj2Arlington for his acting prowess and skills on the basketball court. Read more about R.J. from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. And be sure to say “hi” next time you’re at Central.

The Americans with Disabilities Act has made life better for millions of us–just like public libraries.

We’re grateful for both.






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