Today marks the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a piece of legislation that protects the rights of people who experience disabilities. This is the perfect opportunity to consider the impact of the ADA over nearly three decades—and to highlight how our nonprofit partner, Oregon Active, continues to advance the ADA's mission by supporting Portland community members with disabilities.
WHAT IS THE ADA?
The ADA is a law that was passed in 1990 to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities. It was modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and focuses on providing access to public spaces for people with disabilities. At its heart, the ADA aims to make sure that all people—no matter their body—can apply for a job, enter commercial spaces, or seek out government assistance equally.
do we still need the ada?
Absolutely. Even with these protections in place, ableism is everywhere. The ADA started the conversation nearly 30 years ago and it's our responsibility to keep moving forward by prioritizing inclusion and rewiring the way we think about accessibility. Most public spaces continue to be designed for able-bodied people, without taking into account the wide range of bodies that exist within them. We must keep questioning these assumptions!
Oregon Active embraces the idea that we all do things differently and that we can celebrate these experiences. They want to make sure that people with disabilities and life challenging conditions can access all the adventures that the Pacific Northwest has to offer—from checking out Portland parks to bungee jumping from the highest bungee site in the US!
so, How can i get involved?
Come learn more at Oregon Active's next urban trail adventure (many Levé ladies will be there too!). This is a "go at your own pace" event that is all about getting outside. Oregon Active will mark the trails ahead of time, so that all we have to do is show up and have fun!
- What: Urban hike from Marquam Shelter to Council Crest (~3.4 miles)
- When: Wednesday, August 1st
- Where: Meet us at Duniway Park (2815 SW Barbur Blvd, Portland, OR 97201)
- Good to know: Dogs and kids are always welcome, the cost is free, and when you finish, you'll be greeted with an ice cold Widmer to celebrate your accomplishment!