By Elizabeth Bishop
Director, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
July 26, 2014 marked the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For years people with disabilities struggled to assert their rights and gain independence in their communities.
Their perseverance shined through when President George H.W. Bush signed this landmark legislation into law, proclaiming, “Let the shameful wall of exclusion come tumbling down,” in a ceremony on the south lawn of the White House.
People with disabilities continue to exhibit the spirit of perseverance and creativity in their everyday lives as they encounter barriers and find ways to overcome them to contribute as productive members of society.
The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, allowing more people with disabilities to enter the workforce and fully use their talents and contribute to the local, state and national economies.