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DSQ Special Issue; 25th Anniversary of the ADA

2015 Special Issue of Disability Studies Quarterly on the Americans with Disabilities Act

In 2015, Disability Studies Quarterly published a Special Issue to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA has been a watershed in American disability policy, with far-reaching effects on the status of Americans with disabilities, but has fallen far short of the expectations for social transformation with which it was enacted in 1990. The Special Issue commemorates the ADA’s 25th anniversary with both a look back at how the ADA has affected the disability community and the larger society, and an assessment of future prospects for attaining the ADA’s goals of inclusion and empowerment.

Papers are related (broadly) to the ADA were invited from scholars from any academic or professional discipline, disability policy professionals and advocates, and from disability activists. The issue strived to incorporate a diverse variety of perspectives within disability studies. Priority for selection was given to manuscripts that are broadly framed and advance our understanding of the direct and indirect consequences of the ADA for people with disabilities, rather than those which focus on narrow legal, policy, or technical aspects of the Act.

Questions about the Special Issue may be directed to Richard Scotch, Special Issue Editor, at