The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities in all areas of public life, including employment, government services, public accommodations and transportation. Since its signing, the ADA has opened doors for millions of Americans to pursue meaningful work, access services and shape the course of their own lives. This week, The MENTOR Network recognizes the 28th anniversary of the ADA’s signing.
“Today we celebrate the progress that has been made toward ensuring that everyone, regardless of the challenges they face, has an equal chance to succeed,” said Bruce Nardella, President and CEO of The MENTOR Network. “Through innovative program offerings and our work to raise awareness about the needs of individuals with disabilities, our mission is to ensure that everyone can live rich, meaningful lives in the community of their choice.”
As one of the country’s first home- and community-based providers of services to people with disabilities through our partner REM, The MENTOR Network has been at the forefront of the effort to move individuals out of institutions and into community-based programs where they can grow and thrive. With residential, day and vocational programs, The MENTOR Network now offers services for individuals with disabilities in 21 states. Collectively, we strive to ensure that people of all abilities have access to the opportunities and resources they need to thrive.
View our slideshow to learn more about how we’ve made a difference for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities over the years.