Celebrating those who asked, “What if we could create a more inclusive world for everyone?”

For decades people with disabilities fought and protested for equal access in the United States. In 1990, that effort culminated in the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark civil rights law that has improved the lives of millions of Americans and has served as a model for the Disability Rights Movement around the globe.

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Taking steps to honor leaders of the Disability Rights Movement.

On March 12, 1990, activists with disabilities pulled themselves up the 83 stone steps at the Capitol Building to demand equal rights. “The Capitol Crawl” symbolized the barriers confronting people with disabilities and helped propel the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. The bill passed on July 26, 1990.

For the 25th anniversary of the ADA, we celebrated the spirit and vigilance of the leaders of the Disability Rights Movement, both past and present.


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In partnership with the American Association of People with Disabilities, the work associated with this campaign, along with artifacts from the Disability Rights movement, are being made into an exhibition on Google's Cultural Institute. At the Cultural Institute, visitors will be able to learn more about each leader and the historic movement that led to the passing of the ADA.