July 26th, 2010
07:21 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama marks 20th anniversary of landmark disabled rights law

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama commemorated Monday's 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act by signing an executive order to increase government employment of disabled people.

"Not dependence but independence: That's what the ADA was all about," Obama said at a White House reception attended by several hundred guests, including Cabinet members, legislators and activists for the disabled.

The law, which President George H.W. Bush signed July 26, 1990, is credited with smashing barriers and creating opportunities for the disabled in a nation where more than 3 million people 15 and older use wheelchairs.

It prohibits discrimination against disabled people, guaranteeing them equal opportunity in employment, transportation, government services and other areas.

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  1. page patrick e

    I thank President Obama for supporting and backing ADA. Retired police officer(disabled) and disabled veteran(USAF)

    July 26, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. FRANK THOMAS

    This act, although well entitioned, has resulted in a group of lawyers that go around finding the smallest infraction and suing on behave of the disabled, collecting millions and putting many bussines,s out of business.

    July 26, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |