Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Celebrates the 27th Anniversary of the Enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Johnson released the following statement celebrating the 27th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):
“On this day 27 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. Since then, barriers for millions of Americans with disabilities have been removed. This important piece of legislation has barred discrimination of individuals with disabilities by employers, grants equal access to government services and agencies, and ensures that telecommunications companies provide services to Americans who are deaf and hard of hearing. Because of this legislation individuals now have an equal opportunity to contribute to society and play an active role in their local community.
“However, there is still much more that needs to be done to ensure these Americans are treated equally. The current unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities is 8.9 percent compared to 4.8 percent of those without a disability. The labor force participation for those with a disability is only 20.7 percent in contrast to 69.1 percent for those with no disability. Enforcement of the ADA and advancements in technology have also been concerns brought up by the disability rights community. I am proud to work with organizations like the Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind, who tackle some of these issues by providing employment opportunities for visually impaired residents of North Texas and give them the chance to fully participate in the labor force.
“This Congress, I have co-sponsored bills such as the Transitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment Act and Accessible Instructional Materials in Higher Education Act. These are great examples of how Congress can improve the lives of those with disabilities in a bipartisan manner.
“While I recognize the 27th anniversary of the ADA, I will continue to work hard and continue my efforts for any legislative advancement that will bring equality to all people.”
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