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WASHINGTON, July 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Signed into law in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, the Americans with Disabilities Act—first proposed by the National Council on Disability in 1986 under the leadership of Justin Dart and Lex Frieden and drafted by Robert L. Burgdorf Jr—celebrates its 25th anniversary this Sunday, July 26.
The landmark ADA articulated critical civil rights protections that affirmed the right of people with disabilities to access education as children, to define their goals as adults, and pursue meaningful lives fully engaged with their families and communities as they age. The ADA also marked the dawn of a fundamental shift in the expectations of and for people with disabilities in every area of life:
Disability is a natural part of the human experience that should not limit the opportunities for any American to make choices, pursue a meaningful career, live in the community, or to raise our own families. On the eve of the anniversary of the ADA, NCD reaffirms our commitment to these core areas, and remains unwavering in our support of policies that support the goals of the ADA – equality of opportunity, independent living, full participation, and economic self-sufficiency.
About the National Council on Disability (NCD): First established as an advisory Council within the Department of Education in 1978, NCD became an independent federal agency in 1984. In 1986, NCD recommended enactment of an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and drafted the first version of the bill which was introduced in the House and Senate in 1988. Since enactment of the ADA in 1990, NCD has continued to play a leading role in crafting disability policy, and advising the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policies, programs, and practices.
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CONTACT: Lawrence Carter-Long National Council on Disability 1331 F Street, NW, Suite 850 Washington, DC 20004 202-272-2004 Voice 202-272-2074 TTY 202-272-2022 FaxNEXT ARTICLE
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