Statement on 14th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA):
years ago, landmark civil rights legislation -- the Americans with
Disabilities Act -- was enacted 'to provide a clear and comprehensive
national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals
"The ADA recognized, and made the law of the land, the simple
premise that every American has the right to live independently
and to fully participate in all aspects of our society -- including
our schools, our businesses, and our communities.
we celebrate the successes of the ADA and the hard-fought victories
that have prevented discrimination against individuals with disabilities.
The ADA has promoted inclusion so that individuals with disabilities
should not be isolated, living separate lives, but instead should
have full access to public accommodations, governmental services,
and the right to vote.
would be remiss to think that all the barriers are behind us or
that we are close to meeting the goals of the ADA. Despite the clear
intent of Congress, courts in recent years narrowed the scope of
the ADA and have limited the enforcement of key provisions, especially
those related to the workplace and the application of the ADA to
states. And the number of people with disabilities employed by the
federal government has decreased.
renew our efforts to realize the promise of the ADA and work to
restore its full protections. We will fight the attempts of the
Bush Administration to appoint judges who try to chip away at the
ADA and their attempts every year to cut funding for key programs
in Medicaid, Section 8 housing, vocational rehabilitation, and assistive
brought our nation closer to the ideals of equality and opportunity
that are both our heritage and our hope. Democrats are leading the
way in our national effort to make those ideals a reality for all