Our Vision

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Most people are not aware of the social change movement that led to the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability rights protections. It is a people’s movement that today is busier than ever working to prevent the rolling back of laws designed to allow people with disabilities to live, learn and work in their own homes and communities.

Today, millions of Americans with disabilities are still forced to live in nursing homes and institutions. Indeed, in response to the many societal problems facing our nation, there are frequent calls for more, rather than less segregation and institutionalization. And millions of Americans with disabilities routinely lose their right of self-determination and are being forced into often abusive guardianships. Every day, people with disabilities continue to face stereotyping, stigma and discrimination.

With the goal of promoting inclusion, dignity and empowerment for Americans with all types of disabilities, ADA Watch works in service of the larger disability rights movement. We are especially focused on reframing the public’s understanding of disability away from “charity” models to a human rights and social justice framework. We seek to reach our goal—in partnership with nonprofit, foundation and corporate sponsors, media, Hollywood studios and recording artists—via public education campaigns, mobile marketing and promotional events.

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At our founding, the ADA Watch National Advisory Council envisioned ADA Watch as:

  • An alliance of hundreds of national, state, and local nonpartisan organizations, foundations, and policy think tanks united to defend and promote the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability rights protections.
  • A rapid response network organizing grassroots action, contacting Congress and the media as a result of breaking disability rights news and information.
  • A national grassroots and media campaign designed to get the message to educate policymakers and the public about our movement’s history as well as current threats to the ADA and other disability rights protections.
  • An organization – not dependent on federal dollars – that can take on cutting issues such as lax ADA enforcement; hate crimes against people with disabilities; executive-level appointee and judicial nominations; oppressive guardianship laws, forced medication and coercive treatment of adults with disabilities; the impact of privatization and voucher program’s on children with disabilities; draconian calls for the re-institutionalization of children and adults with disabilities; and much more.
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