The 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Twenty-seven years ago on July 26th, our civil rights bill, the Americans with Disabilities Act, was signed into law. Many of the privileges that we take for granted today are made possible because of this landmark legislation. Take a moment today to reflect on the progress that we have made as a community in the past fifty years. We have worked together to pass the Rehabilitation Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Affordable Care Act. These victories were not won easily and must be safeguarded at all times.

Sadly, the Affordable Care Act is in serious jeopardy of being repealed and the ADA continues to be threatened by the introduction of H.R. 620, the so-called ADA Education and Reform Act. As advocates, people with disabilities, friends and family of people with disabilities, coordinators of services to people with disabilities, and concerned citizens, we must continue the “Good” fight. In the words of a great statesman, Winston Churchill, we must “never, never, never give up.” #ADA

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