1636- Plymouth Colony passes law to provide surpport for any male with disabilities while providing military service for the colony
1694- A Massachusetts law is passed requiring each town to provide for citizens with mental illnesses
1817- The American Asylum for the deaf is founded in Hartford, Connecticut.
1841- Dorothea Dix begins her work to improve conditions for people with mental illness and intellectual disabilities, including establishing workers compensation.
1900s-1920s- The Progressive ERA and WWI bring new laws and program in support of people with disabilities,
1927- The Buck v. Bell supreme court decision rules that forced sterilization of people with disabilities is not a violation of their constitutional rights
1935- President Franklin D. Rosevelt signs the Social Security Act on Auguest 14.
1938- The march of dimes campaign begins to aid polio surviors and fund polio reseach
1942- Paul Strachan founds the American Federation of the physically Handicapped, the first cross-disability national organization to battle job discriminatiion
1954- The Vocational Rehabilitation Amendments are passed,funding program for people with disabilities
1962- Edward Roberts enters that University of California, Berkely as the first student with disabilities
1968- The Architectural Barriers Act prohibits architectural barriers in all federal buildings.
1970- the activist group disabled in action founded.
1973- The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is passed including Section 504.
1986- the National council on the Handicapped issues its first report toward independence,outlining the legal status of Americans with disabilities
1990- The American with disabilities Act is signed into law by President George H.W Bush on July 26.
2006- The United Nations adopts the Convention on the rights of person with disabilities, an international treaty protecting the rights of people with disabilities.
2010- Rosa’s law updates federal documents to use inclusive, people- first terminology.