Faith Communities and the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Americans with Disabilities Act 25th AnniversaryThis July marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

Although religious organizations and the entities they control are exempt from some sections of the law, we know that our churches are incomplete when people with disabilities are not present, included and active in our faith communities.

Please join us in signing this pledge to recommit ourselves to removing the barriers that prevent our brothers and sisters with disabilities from living lives of faith in the communities of their choice. We've come a long way as a nation and as Christians, but know there is still work to be done.

Visit the Faith Communities Section of the ADA Anniversary website to learn more about the ADA and its impact on the lives of people with disabilities. We also encourage you to visit Mosaic Allied Voices to learn how Mosaic advocates for and with people with disabilities.