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Do you know anyone with a disability?

Maybe they have had the disability since birth.

Perhaps an illness caused it, or an accident, or just old age.

  • Autism
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Lupus
  • Diabetes
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Amputation
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Paralysis
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis

20 years ago life with ANY disability was incredibly difficult.

Imagine having to use your wheelchair in the street because there are no curb cuts to allow you onto the sidewalk.

Imagine trying to use this website if you have a visual impairment.

Imagine trying to order takeout when you can’t hear the person on the other end of the phone.

Imagine applying for a job if you have a developmental disability.

Imagine climbing 20-plus steps to enter a building if you have arthritis in your knees.

The Americans with Disabilities Act has changed the lives of the more than 50 million Americans with disabilities.

You may not have a disability now.

But one day, you might.

And suddenly, the changes brought about by the ADA might matter to YOU too.

In their own words

Those with disabilities share their personal stories.

View the videos

View the videos

Opening more
than doors

Browse images and artifacts.

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Missouri History Museum exhibition

Americans with Disabilities Act: 20 Years Later.
June 26, 2010
to Jan 8, 2012

Visit the exhibition

Visit the exhibition