The passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was an important milestone for Goodwill's ongoing dedication to employment for all.

Fort Wayne, Ind. –
Signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, education, public accommodation and more. Goodwill is proud to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this truly groundbreaking civil rights legislation that promotes equality for all American citizens. 

Since its inception more than 113 years ago, Goodwill Industries International has been devoted to providing employment opportunities to job seekers with disabilities and specialized circumstances. Today, through the tireless efforts of its 165 local agencies, millions of people access Goodwill services each year. Last year alone, 426,000 men and women with disabilities in the United States and Canada used Goodwill’s intensive one-on-one career services to prepare for employment. 

"We at Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana, Inc. are committed to supporting the spirit of the ADA, and we are dedicated to empowering Americans with disabilities in their employment endeavors with job training, mentoring and placement services as well as job opportunities at our facilities," said Ruth Koontz, director of community relations and marketing. “We look past disabilities to see each person's abilities, and we wholeheartedly support their contribution to the workplace." 

Despite the advances spurred by the ADA, finding meaningful employment continues to be challenging for people with disabilities. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released in June, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities was 12.5 percent in 2014, more than double the figure for those with no disabilities (5.9 percent). 

"Donations to Goodwill support the broad range of services we provide to assist men and women with disabilities in their vocational pursuits. The simple act of clearing clutter and donating items helps create jobs right here in northeast Indiana,” Koontz said. “Please join the more than 90 million donors who contribute to Goodwill agencies across the country, making lives better for millions of individuals and families." 

About Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana, Inc.  Goodwill Industries of Northeast Indiana, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) corporation dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities and employment barriers find and keep jobs. The revenue generated from selling donated goods in its nine northeast Indiana stores supports Goodwill’s employment services. Since 1937, Goodwill has been a good steward of the communities’ valuable and appreciated donations.  Ninety cents of every dollar earned is reinvested into Fort Wayne and surrounding communities for programs, services, jobs and related costs that help people find and be successful in competitive employment. For more information on how you can schedule a home pickup or a donation drive at your place of employment, please call 260-478-7617 ext. 1016. Visit us on-line at, Facebook or Twitter. Donations are tax deductible.