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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: July 9, 2020 12:44 PM
From: Senator Bob Mensch
To: All Senate members
Subject: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
In the near future, I plan on introducing a resolution to celebrate 30 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  

The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, took effect on July 26, 1990.  The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.
The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.
For individuals with disabilities, the ADA has been life changing.  The bipartisan legislation has led to better lives for many and led to increased awareness and acceptance amongst the public.  The celebration of this groundbreaking and momentous occasion is certainly worthy of our efforts, and I look forward to having your support for this resolution.

Introduced as SR350