July 26, 2019

Cardin Statement on the 29th Anniversary of the Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), commemorated the 29th anniversary of the establishment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Then-U.S. Representative Cardin voted for the ADA in 1990.

"We should be proud, as Americans, of our Nation’s leadership in making it easier for people with disabilities to participate fully in society, and to have equal access to educational, economic, and social opportunities for self-fulfillment and advancement. On this day, we celebrate the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Since its passage in 1990, this landmark civil rights law has empowered citizens with disabilities by prohibiting discrimination in regards to employment, housing, health services, and public programs. Today, there are 61 million people with disabilities living in our nation. The ADA continues to amplify their voices and affirm their rights – because of it, our society is more free, equal, and inclusive. While we have come so far, we must continually work to ensure that these rights are preserved, and continue to set an example in disability legislation for the rest of the world."