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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: July 28, 2015 04:25 PM
From: Senator Christine M. Tartaglione
To: All Senate members
Subject: 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
In the near future, I intend to introduce a resolution recognizing the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

On July 26, 2015, the Americans with Disabilities Act celebrated an important milestone…it’s 25th year of enactment. Signed into law by President George H. W. Bush in July of 1990, the ADA represents our past and present in providing equal services and opportunities for the disabled population, and it represents a brighter future in which we will continue to break down barriers for persons with disabilities.

Thanks to the ADA, individuals with disabilities are regaining their voices and making their mark in the world. Today, such persons are finding more employment opportunities with the help of assistive technology and reasonable accommodations; buildings are being updated and constructed to include ramps, widened doorways and elevators, so that disabled individuals may enter and conduct business in further places than they could previously; public rail service, bus service and taxi cabs are offering accessible transportation options; and telecommunications companies are providing modified internet and phone services for individuals with speech and hearing disabilities. The ADA has raised the standards of operation for everyone in this nation to make sure that the growing number of disabled persons has the opportunity to live, work and play as freely as non-disabled persons.

In consideration of the significance of the ADA and all it has accomplished, this law remains as monumental today as it was upon enactment. It deserves to be recognized and celebrated for bringing greater fairness and opportunity to residents throughout the nation and within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania during the past 25 years. As such, I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this resolution recognizing July 26, 2015 as the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Introduced as SR182