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Presidential Proclamation--Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Presidential Proclamation--Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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THE WHITE HOUSEOffice of the Press SecretaryFor Immediate Release July 25, 2011ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, 2011- - - - - - -BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAA PROCLAMATIONGenerations of Americans with disabilities have improvedour country in countless ways. Refusing to accept the world asit was, they have torn down the barriers that prohibited themfrom fully realizing the American dream. Their tireless effortsled to the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA), one of the most comprehensive pieces of civil rightslegislation in our Nation's history. On this day, we celebratethe 21st anniversary of the ADA and the progress we have made,and we reaffirm our commitment to ensure equal opportunity forall Americans.Each day, people living with disabilities make immeasurablecontributions to the diversity and vitality of our communities.Nearly one in five Americans lives with a disability. They areour family members and friends, neighbors and colleagues, andbusiness and civic leaders. Since the passing of the ADA,persons with disabilities are leading fuller lives inneighborhoods that are more accessible and have greater accessto new technologies. In our classrooms, young people withdisabilities now enjoy the same educational opportunities astheir peers and are gaining the tools necessary to reach theirgreatest potential.Despite these advancements, there is more work to be done,and my Administration remains committed to ending all formsof discrimination and upholding the rights of Americans withdisabilities. The Department of Justice continues to strengthenenforcement of the ADA by ensuring that persons withdisabilities have access to community-based services that allowthem to lead independent lives in the communities of theirchoosing. Under provisions of the Affordable Care Act, insurerswill no longer be able to engage in the discriminatory practiceof denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions, andAmericans with disabilities will have greater control over theirhealth care choices. And last year, I signed an Executive Orderestablishing the Federal Government as a model employer forindividuals with disabilities, placing a special focus onrecruitment and retention of public servants with disabilitiesacross Federal agencies.Through the ADA, America was the first country in theworld to comprehensively declare equality for citizens withdisabilities. To continue promoting these principles, we havejoined in signing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with

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