DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz released the following statement recognizing the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was signed into law 22 years ago on July 26, 1990:
“Twenty-two years ago today, America reached an incredibly important milestone when the Americans with Disabilities Act became law. Since its passage, the ADA has enabled our nation to make good on its promise to be a land of freedom and opportunity for all Americans – including the many Americans living with disabilities, who deserve the right to participate fully in all aspects of American life and contribute to their communities.
“While there is no question that we have a come long way as a result of this landmark law, we know there is more to do. That’s why the Department of Education implemented new standards for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that will better support infants and toddlers with disabilities. It’s also why we fought for the Affordable Care Act, so that Americans with disabilities no longer have to go without the quality, affordable care they need. And it’s why the President established the Administration for Community Living at the Department of Health and Human Services, so we can make sure that individuals with disabilities have the support they need in order to live with dignity and respect in their own communities. But we cannot stop there. Today, while we celebrate the historic anniversary of the ADA and the progress we have made, we must also vow to keep fighting for policies that expand opportunities for all Americans with disabilities – so that each and every one of us has a fair chance to realize our full potential.”