Photo of students at Drake Library Reading Room with Tom Harkin.

Meet the ADA Generation

For their entire lives, the law has prohibited discrimination against people with disabilities. Access ramps, handicapped parking spaces, closed captioning, and service animals have always been part of their landscape. They are the millennials, the first generation that has grown up experiencing the benefits of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), enacted 25 years ago.

This “ADA Generation” is the most diverse in American history, projected to surpass baby boomers as the largest segment of the nation’s population. With their unique perspective and growing influence, the ADA Generation has the power to change the way Americans live and work over the next 25 years. #ADA2040

What challenges remain? And what additional steps are needed to allow people with disabilities to learn, work, and live in a world without barriers? Senator Tom Harkin, who championed the ADA in 1990, sat down with 11 millennials—students at Drake University who are part of the ADA Generation—to find out.

The Videos

Millennial Faces


Looking Ahead to 2040  

Meet the students and learn more about the ADA