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Americans With Disabilities Act


In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law, prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities. As a wounded World War II veteran who never fully regained use of his right arm, Bob Dole was an advocate for people with disabilities throughout his career and a major supporter of ADA.

Educational Programming - ADA Inquiry

Kansas CBA (Classroom Based Assessment)

A Case Study of the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)


Coleman, Alfred Everett. Sticks: The Story of a Man, a Pair of Crutches, and the Building of a Successful Family Business. Modesto: Coleman Pub., 2004.

Dickman, Irving R. One Miracle at a Time: How to Get Help for Your Disabled Child--From the Experience of Other Parents. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1986.

Klein, Stanley D., and John D. Kemp. Reflections from a Different Journey: What Adults with Disabilities Wish All Parents Knew. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2004.

Pratz, Rodney Bryan. Amazing Achievers: Living Your Purpose While Overcoming Adversities. Bloomington: 1stBooks Library, 2003.

The Triumph of the Human Spirit: The Atlanta Paralympic Experience. Oakville: Disability Today Publisher Group, 1997.

Date Range

  • 1989-1995

Online Materials

  • Speeches made by Senator Dole about the passage of the ADA; letters, memos, and statements from Senator Dole regarding changes to government buildings in Washington, D.C. to meet the ADA accessibility standards; explanations of the Act and its enforcement