The ADA: past, present, and future

Last Thursday I attended the National Council on Disability (NCD) press conference marking the 17th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). As mentioned in a previous post, two important reports were released by the NCD examining the impact and scope of the ADA since its passage.

More information on these two reports can be found on the NCD Web site:

Speakers included stakeholders from the business world, legal professionals, government entities, educational institutions, and individuals with disabilities. They discussed how the ADA has affected their lives and the challenges that still lay ahead. A central theme that arose from the press conference is that while we have made some progress in the four major goals of the ADA (equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency); there are still significant strides to be made, especially in the areas of employment, transportation, health care, and education.

With the introduction of the ADA Restoration Act, a strong feeling of hope and optimism exists that the challenges facing Americans with disabilities will be met and addressed. The ADA Restoration Act will help individuals with disabilities focus on the discrimination they have experienced, rather than having to prove that they are “disabled enough” to fall into the intended scope of the ADA.

I encourage you to contact lawmakers and encourage them to cosponsor the ADA Restoration Act, thus enabling people with disabilities to be judged fairly on their own merits.


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  1. Easter Seals and Autism » Blog Archive » People with disabilities: underutilized resources Says:

    […] year marks the 20th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that gave millions of previously forgotten citizens the legal right to more fully participate […]

  2. Randy Chapman Says:

    The ADA Restoration Act is critical to restoring the original intent of Congress regarding ensuring equal access for persons with disabilities. Certain judicial decisions since the original passage of the ADA have narrowed the definition of disability. In particular, the Supreme Court has limited or excluded from ADA coverage individuals with disabilities who use assistive devices or medication to mitigate the effects of their impairments.

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