New Mexico Democrats commemorate the 24th Anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Passed by Congress in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act is the nation’s first comprehensive civil rights law addressing the needs of people with disabilities; prohibiting discrimination in employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunications.
We join today in celebrating both the greater access and the greater awareness that our nation has achieved toward full equality of the disabled.
We also celebrate the disability rights movement, who have made the injustices faced by people with disabilities visible to all Americans. ADA has, in the twenty four years since the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was passed, moved us toward reversing the centuries long history of “out of sight, out of mind” attitudes that the segregation of disabled people once served to promote.
While we have made great strides, we have further to go. Despite the advancements since the ADA became law, barriers to access still exist. Challenges also persist when it comes to finding employment.
Today the Democratic Party of New Mexico calls on all of us to recommit ourselves to working to achieve the equality and dignity of all. In commemorating the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we call on each of us to work toward those common values we, as Americans, most cherish. Today we should all rededicate ourselves to that dream, and continue to work toward that day when every American is afforded the same opportunities and freedoms regardless of skin color, gender, religious belief, income, sexual orientation, ability or disability, or place of birth.