Protecting the rights and freedoms that allow people with disabilities to live, learn and work.

The ADA Watch National Advisory Council unites leaders from the disability rights, civil rights and social justice communities. Our founding chair was Justin Dart, Jr., widely regarded as the "Father of the American with Disabilities Act."

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A Warm Welcome

"During this time of division and dehumanization in America, the disability rights movement, as we assert the worth and dignity of our people, is a powerful voice for unity,
re-humanization and the recognition of our obligations to one another in a civil society."

Jim Ward, Founder and Executive Director

About ADA Watch

ADA Watch is a national grassroots educational and media campaign informing policymakers, media and the public about our movement’s history and power. ADA Watch convenes stakeholders and provides timely updates, action alerts and tools to inform and mobilize the grassroots, all in order to preserve and advance our rights and freedoms.

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Yoshiko Dart, Justin Dart, Jr. & Jim Ward
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Our Mission

The mission of ADA Watch is to promote and defend the civil and human rights of people with physical, mental, and all types of disabilities.

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