You’ve Got To Be Kidding!

May 19, 2010 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

David Burds“Twenty years ago! You’ve got to be kidding!” This was the response I recently received from a friend when I had mentioned that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted by the U.S. Congress and signed into law in 1990. Its long title is “An act to establish a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability.” It was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by Pres. George H.W. Bush.

In 1990, I was employed in the private sector but was affiliated with the Spinal Cord Injury Network through which I was invited to attend the signing. The signing took place on the White House grounds and I was one of 2,000 attendees, at that time the largest number of attendees at the signing of a bill by a President of the U.S.

US Senator Tom Harkin and David Burds

US Senator Tom Harkin, ADA Co-Sponsor, and ECNV Ex. Dir. David Burds, at the ADA Signing Ceremony at the White House (1990)

The United States has a long way to go to fully embrace the rights of people with disabilities, but having had many positive changes occur in society due to the ADA we have reason to celebrate the 20th Anniversary.

Being a major milestone, the ENDependence Center (ECNV) along with its satellite center Loudoun ENDependence (LEND), will be celebrating with various events and highlighted with an ADA Gala on July 24th at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott. We will keep you abreast on what is happening via our website along with the mailing of our Calendar of Events in June and July. Please mark your calendars for July 24th and stay tuned as plans are being finalized.

By David Burds, ECNV Executive Director
Article from the ECNV Declaration (Spring 2010 Edition)

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