Senate Democrats

Reid Statement On The 20th Anniversary Of The Americans With Disabilities Act Becoming Law

Washington, DCNevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today in recognition of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) being signed into law:
“The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law 20 years ago today, has fundamentally strengthened our nation with its promise of equal rights and opportunity for individuals with disabilities. Over the years, I’ve met countless Nevadans with disabilities whose stories breathe life into the ideals set forth in the ADA.  Since the passage of the ADA, Americans living with disabilities have seen the removal of barriers in employment, transportation, public services, telecommunications, and public accommodations. These changes can mean the difference between exclusion and full participation for a person living with a disability in ways that most of us would take for granted.

“Nonetheless, the struggles that people with disabilities continue to face show that we still have a long way to go before the promise of the ADA is fully realized.  I look forward to continuing this vital work in honor of all of those who have fought for this legislation’s passage and on behalf of everyone today who cherishes the equality of opportunity promised by the Americans with Disabilities Act.”