President Barack Obama signs Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)In 1990, the U.S. became the first nation on earth to comprehensively declare equality for its citizens with disabilities. With the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. enshrined into law the promise of equal access, equal opportunity, and equal respect for every American. The ADA and other laws including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), The Rehabilitation Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protect the rights of students with disabilities in the U.S.

Photo: Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon.



The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international human rights treaty that protects the rights and dignity of all people with disabilities.


There are many acronyms used in discussion about disability in the U.S.. Some of these acronyms are listed here, along with a brief explanation.