“What the Americans with Disabilities Act Means to Me”

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This week marks the 21st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark measure that has ushered in vast improvements in transportation, employment law, and civil rights for those with disabilities. Signed into law on July 26, 1990, the ADA has made the United States an example to the world and has helped reduce barriers so that anyone in our country can achieve their goals.

In commemoration of this anniversary, Krista Simeone, an Intern with the White House Office of Public Engagement with Cerebral Palsy, reflects on the impact the ADA has had in her life:

Each day, whether I'm trying to get a seat on the metro, ride an elevator, or cross a busy street on my way to work, I see people from the disability community going places and accomplishing things that would not be possible without the standards that have been set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It's amazing to think that just over two decades ago, society put up barriers that prevented people like me from riding a bus, driving a car or doing the things that many take for granted every day.

You can read Krista’s entire blog post. Also, click here to read the President’s statement commemorating the ADA and recommitting the administration to its enforcement.