Timeline of Disability Rights in the U.S.

Learn about some major changes to disability rights in the United States. Please note that this list is FAR from complete; rather, it is just meant to give our readers a brief overview of legislative changes that have impacted people with disabilities. If you think we left out an especially important event, please let us know in the comments and we will consider adding it in!

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