Thursday, July 26, 2012

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at 22 Groundbreaking Law Celebrated by Rights Advocates

WASHINGTON, July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), perhaps the single most important piece of legislation to improve the lives of people with disabilities, will turn 22 today. The anniversary is particularly poignant for Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans), an organization that helped lead the charge for the groundbreaking act back in 1990 and the ADA Amendments in 2008.

“The Americans with Disabilities Act is one of our nation’s most important pieces of civil rights legislation. Its passage marked a major step in a process that is yet unfinished–that is, to make our nation completely barrier-free for all people with disabilities,” said Bill Lawson, National President of Paralyzed Veterans of America.

From delivering curb cuts to tackling employment discrimination, the ADA has had an enormous impact on advancing rights for people with disabilities in the areas of employment, public services, public accommodations, transportation and telecommunications. Paralyzed Veterans also has fought against efforts to weaken the ADA since its enactment.

“The ADA is a great example of American leadership and should serve as an inspiration for the world in improving the lives of individuals with disabilities,” Lawson said.

Paralyzed Veterans of America was founded by a group of seriously injured American heroes from the “Greatest Generation” of World War II. They created a nonprofit organization to meet the challenges that they faced back in the 1940s — from a medical community not ready to treat them to an inaccessible world. For more than 66 years, Paralyzed Veterans’ national office and its 34 chapters across the nation have been making America a better place for all veterans and people with disabilities. (

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