July 26, 2010
Carson Commemorates 20 Years of the ADA
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman André Carson released the following statement today commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
This landmark legislation prohibits employers from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities, requires public places to take reasonable steps to make their goods and services accessible to individuals with disabilities, as well as ensures that new trains and buses are accessible. State and local governmental entities are also required to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.
"Sadly before the ADA, people with disabilities were still treated as second-class citizens. Thanks to this landmark law we've seen the doors of opportunity open for so many Americans with disabilities. From making buildings and public transportation more accessible, to creating a more equitable environment in the workplace, people with disabilities are living better lives today because of this law.
"But there is still work that needs to be done. Americans with disabilities continue to face challenges in finding jobs, with nearly half unemployed. There are many Americans with disabilities who have important talents that can be utilized - they just need the opportunity to show what they can do. Our economy should reap the benefit of those skills and tap into the economic potential of these Americans by continuing the ADA's goal to help Americans with disabilities fully participate in society - becoming integral to the success of our communities."
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