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Friday, July 26, 2013

ADA The 23rd Anniversary: Observing the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Today's post was shared by US Dept. of Labor and comes from A statement by Claudia Gordon is an Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement

This Friday, July 26th, marks the 23rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is a landmark law that profoundly changed our nation. On the trajectory of forming a more perfect union, the passage of the ADA in 1990 was a major step forward in keeping a key promise of the American experiment: ensuring equal opportunity for all.

This is personally important to me. As an immigrant, as an African American woman, as a civil rights attorney and as a deaf person, the ADA is more than just a law. It is a concrete symbol of hope and opportunity for me, for my family and for the millions of Americans with disabilities who simply want the chance to be full and active members of our society, participants in our democracy and our economy who can be self-sufficient.

The ADA promised equal access in workplaces and educational institutions, and in the transportation required to get there. It provided for full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for those of us living with disabilities. 

 It also gives Americans with disabilities avenues to pursue legal remedies to safeguard all of those rights. 

As we have learned, time and again, the only way to safeguard the hard-fought rights of the 20th century is to fight to preserve them in the 21st century. That is why President...

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