Congressman Fattah Statement on 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Jul 24, 2015, 16:03 ET from Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02) marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990. The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted with bipartisan support to prohibit discrimination and ensure equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation:

"Twenty five years ago the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, a historic piece of legislation that advanced civil rights for millions of Americans with disabilities. This law represents acceptance, equality, and inclusion, ensuring that every American has the opportunity to live independently and contribute to their community and our country.

"The legislation was especially important to the Department of Education, as it ushered in a new set of rules and laws that guaranteed all students with disabilities had equal access to schools, instruction, educational facilities, programs, and tools. It meant that, finally, those with differing abilities had the support and resources they needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond.

"Today I am proud to commemorate the ADA's anniversary and the historic progress it embodies, while also acknowledging the continued work we must do as a nation to eliminate prejudice and discrimination and safeguard equal access and opportunity for all Americans."


SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah