Senator Hassan Statement on 28th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act
WASHINGTON – Senator Maggie Hassan issued the following statement today on the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):
“As we mark the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, I am profoundly grateful for all of the advocates and champions for people who experience disabilities who made this landmark legislation a reality. We must continue to build on their efforts to ensure that all Americans who experience disabilities are fully included and have the support they need to thrive at home, in school, at work, and in all aspects of their lives. But as we work to build on the progress of the ADA, we must also remain constantly vigilant because our hard-fought gains are under attack – from repeated efforts to slash funding for Medicaid to dangerous legislation that would undermine the ADA. I will continue working across party lines to build on our nation’s promise of equality and inclusion to ensure that all Americans and Granite Staters, regardless of personal circumstance, have the opportunity to join in our shared success.”
Earlier this week, Senator Hassan participated in a rally with the National Council on Independent Living, where she commended advocates for their efforts to include all Americans who experience disabilities and emphasized the importance of standing up against senseless efforts in Congress to roll back protections for those who experience disabilities. This week, Senator Hassan joined Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and others in introducing legislation to support Americans who experience disabilities, including the Disability Employment Incentive Act of 2018 that would encourage more employment for individuals who experience disabilities and the Office of Disability Policy Act of 2018 that would ensure that lawmakers are more consistently considering policy implications of new legislation for individuals who experience disabilities.
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