AFB Commemorates the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Statement from Carl R. Augusto, President & CEO
New York (July 26, 2005)—Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the landmark civil rights legislation designed to eliminate discrimination against people with disabilities by guaranteeing equal opportunity to employment, transportation, government services and telecommunications.
Though there is still a lot of work to be done in the disability community, we have come a long way in the last fifteen years. As the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) joins scores of civil and disability rights organizations to commemorate this important anniversary, we're reminded of the significant improvements since ADA's passage in 1990. ADA has enabled more people with disabilities to live independently by increasing access to polling places, government services and programs, transportation and information technology.
AFB worked with the civil and disability rights community on ADA from the beginning of early negotiations with the bi-partisan co-sponsors of Senate and House right through to the celebratory bill signing by President George H.W. Bush. We look forward to continued work to ensure that the ADA can be used to achieve access to new technology like the Internet and the world of broadband communications for people who are blind or visually impaired. We hope all of you will join with AFB's efforts to expand possibilities for people with vision loss by guaranteeing equal access to employment, education, and new technology.