Celebrating 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

ADA logoThis Sunday, July 26 marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Along with hundreds of businesses and community members, National Grid representatives will participate in a march on Boston Common this Wednesday to celebrate this important civil rights legislation that, as Congress put it when they signed it into law, “assured equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.”  Since its inception, the law has served to break down barriers in classrooms, public services, transportation systems and in workplaces for 56.7 million people in the US who have a disability.

We’re proud of our commitment to hiring, advancing, accommodating and retaining people with disabilities. We want to recruit and retain the right employees for our organization based on their abilities alone – and we employ many talented employees with disabilities who help drive our company forward. We also want to ensure that we’re keeping pace with peer companies and self-identification is an important barometer for us to do that – please click here to learn more about self-identification.

Employees with disabilities are a part of our rich and diverse workforce – we encourage you to learn more and to get involved with our Enabling Disability Confidence Employee Resource Group. Learn more at the group’s Infonet site (you’ll need to be on the network to access this link). Or, complete an ERG membership application.

Please join us this week to celebrate the anniversary of this important legislation. Whether you have a disability, or you have friends, family members or coworkers who do, let’s together recognize the importance of this law that calls for equal opportunity for everyone, regardless of disability.

(National Grid is a Silver Sponsor of the event taking place in Boston on Wednesday. Click here to watch a video of US Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts taking about the event and the importance of the ADA.)

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