Scotia, NY—Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act by then-President George H.W. Bush. This critical piece of civil rights legislation protects the disabled from discrimination in employment, accessing public buildings, utilizing public transportation and even in regard to public accommodations such as restaurants, hotel, schools and colleges.
Thanks to anti-discrimination legislation and increased public awareness about the disabled and their ability to contribute to their communities and the lives of those around them, we have proudly created an environment where Americans with disabilities can integrate more fully into society and lead more satisfying and independent lives.
The Americans with Disabilities Act remains, 22 years after being signed into law, as a testament to our commitment to the ideals expressed in our Declaration of Independence that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain, inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
It is vital that we continue to recognize the importance of the ADA and the need for reasonable accommodation for the disabled which allows them to live with the pride and dignity that we encourage of all Americans.