July 26, 2018
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Today is the 28th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) — yet despite the progress that ADA has ushered in, Americans with complex medical needs are still facing extraordinary rates of discrimination from our lawmakers. And unless they drastically change their agenda, Republican lawmakers, like my own Representative Bruce Poliquin, will have a lot to answer for in this year’s midterm elections.
The 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) might be one of the most important anniversaries this year. In the United States of America, the current administration is chipping away at the ADA. Instead of pushing forward into a society of inclusivity, people with disabilities are fighting for their life, their health and their basic human needs. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to fight to not only keep it but, improve on it.
ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, 2018
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2018
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
On the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), we celebrate this historic legislation, which echoed our Nation’s founding promise to recognize and secure the equal rights of all men and women. Today, we reaffirm our commitment to cultivate further opportunities for all Americans to live full and independent lives, and recognize the many contributions enabled by expanded participation of Americans with disabilities in our society.
President George H.W. Bush signed the ADA into law on July 26, 1990. It has transformed the lives of millions of Americans living with disabilities by promoting their equal access to employment, government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and public transportation. Today, people of all ages with disabilities are better able to thrive in the community, pursue careers, contribute to our economy, and fully participate in American society.
Our Nation must continue to build upon this foundation and continue to further the participation of the more than 56 million Americans living with disabilities. My Administration continues to encourage research that will lead to advancements in technology, medicine, and other fields and better enable independent living. We are also expanding and promoting equal education and employment opportunities for Americans with disabilities to live and work. In this regard, in June of last year, I signed an Executive Order to develop more apprenticeship programs for all people, including those with disabilities. Additional training will encourage better involvement from businesses and allow people with disabilities to contribute meaningfully to a wide variety of industries.
As we commemorate the anniversary of the ADA, we recommit ourselves to fostering an environment in which all Americans have the opportunity to pursue the American Dream.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim July 26, 2018, as a day in celebration of the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities that celebrate the contributions of Americans with disabilities and to renew our commitment to achieving the promise of our freedom for all Americans.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
twenty-fifth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.
DONALD J. TRUMP
July 26, 2018
Today marks the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark disability rights legislation – signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990 – prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all places that are open to the general public.
The ADA came about due to the tireless advocacy of the disability community and our allies. AAPD’s exhibit on Google’s Cultural Institute celebrates just some of the many groups and people who made the ADA possible, explores how and why it was passed, and concludes by looking at some of the major challenges we’re facing now.
The ADA changed America, but there is a lot of work left to be done. Our REV UP Issues Guide highlights the major issues, legislation, and regulations that have a significant impact on people with disabilities. Do your part to protect the ADA and the health and liberty of all disabled Americans – educate yourself about the issues and exercise your civil right to vote on November 6!
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