Celebrating the Americans With Disabilities Act
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) issued the following statement in celebration of the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities:
“On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed this landmark legislation into law and, thereby, made historic progress in the march towards equality. For those in the workplace, this legislation created an opportunity for full participation by requiring employers to provide reasonable accommodations to their employees with disabilities. For the public, at large, this legislation expanded the prohibitions on discrimination that were originally enshrined in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and allowed all Americans to fully engage in their community.
“Expansion of these protections marked a monumental shift for individuals in our community with a disability. With the enactment of this law, the burden of responsibility was shifted from members of the public to the providers that seek to serve them.
“While the ADA has greatly increased accessibility for individuals with disabilities, providing the time, ability and flexibility for small businesses to comply is also important.
“In cosponsoring H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, my aim is to provide small businesses with adequate time to make the necessary improvements to accommodate those with disabilities. It was never my intent to undermine the mission of the Americans with Disabilities Act. After hearing from the disability community, I understand that this bill needs work. Therefore, should it come for a vote, as is, I will oppose it.
“We must ensure that the legacy of the Americans with Disabilities Act is not hindered and I will continue to fight to defend it.”