National Disability Independence Day – July 26th

Latina woman with disability working with teammates amongst documents at office desk.

National Disability Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law on July 26th, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is one of the most extensive civil rights law in the United States, outlawing discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life and ensuring that people with disabilities have equal access to jobs, schools, government programs, transportation, and places that are open to the general public. It is an "equal opportunity" law for individuals with disabilities, modeled after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

The law also broke down many barriers that people with disabilities faced every day. The act motivated structural changes such as wider doors and ramps for wheelchair users, braille signs, crosswalks for the vision impaired, and new assistive technologies such as closed captioning for the deaf. In today’s world, accessibility to digital media and the internet have improved with the advancement of technology.

While the ADA does not include an exclusive list of conditions considered to be a disability, it defines disabilities as “a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.” 

We recognize and honor the achievements and culture of people with disabilities. TwinStar proudly sponsors the following local organizations:

We are also committed to making sure our branches and website are accessible to everyone:

  • Ensuring our branches continue to be ADA accessible. 
  • Meeting and exceeding current guidelines for website and social media accessibility.
  • Using “people-first” language in our communications.
  • Working with our community partners supporting their work for people with disabilities. 
  • Implementing policies for inclusive hiring practices and ensuring that our employees have the correct tools (desks, equipment, etc.) they need to do their job. 

TwinStar is always open to feedback and looking for ways to better serve you. If you have any questions or concerns about accessibility, please feel free to contact us here. We strive to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone.