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President George Bush signs the Americans with Disabilitites Act in the White House Rose Garden, July 26, 1990.

When George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits discrimination in “any place of public accommodation,” the internet barely existed. While, initially, people with physical handicaps sued restaurants, hotels and other businesses to force them to install wheelchair ramps and make other similar accommodations, a new trend has emerged.

 

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