Congrats to Advocates on 20th Anniversary of ADA

by Randy Shaw on July 26, 2010

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of the most far-reaching civil rights laws of our time. President Obama is commemorating the event with a White House ceremony today, to which many of the nation’s leading disability rights advocates have been invited. Activists won passage of the ADA during the presidency of the first President Bush, an era before national Republicans automatically opposed any and all new laws opposed by business. The late Senator Ted Kennedy joined Senator Tom Harkin in doing the heavy lifting for the bill’s passage, and its enactment remains a highlight of the first Bush presidency. Today is a time for activists in all fields to take stock of this achievement, and for those working to enforce the ADA to celebrate.

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