"A National Dialogue on the State of Disability:
ADA Town Hall Meeting"
Assistant Secretary John H. Hager is pleased to announce that, in celebration of the 16th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the National Council on Disability (NCD) and its federal partners will host A National Dialogue on the State of Disability: ADA Town Hall Meeting.
Since its signing on July 26, 1990, by former President George H.W. Bush, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) has given Americans with disabilities rights and protections aimed at ensuring that the promise of full participation in society and all aspects of community living becomes a reality. For this to happen, individuals with disabilities need safe and affordable housing, access to transportation, access to the political process and access to the services, programs and activities offered to U.S. residents at public and private facilities. The ADA marked a milestone in our nation's quest to guarantee these rights to all Americans, including those with disabilities.
On the 16th anniversary of this landmark legislation, we recognize the important progress the ADA has brought about for the 50 million Americans with disabilities. It has allowed individuals with disabilities to participate more fully in society, and it has opened doors for countless Americans by guaranteeing equal rights for people with disabilities through removing barriers, improving education and employment opportunities, expanding public services and regulating public accommodations, transportation and telecommunications.
The ADA has played a vital role in raising public awareness of disability issues and the broad social benefits of equal opportunity, and we must remain committed to its goals: economic self-sufficiency, full participation, independent living and equality of opportunity. By striving to ensure that no American is denied access to employment, education, cultural activities or community life because of a disability, we strengthen our communities and our society as a whole.
A National Dialogue on the State of Disability: ADA Town Hall Meeting, will be held:
July 26, 2006
9:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
National Press Club
National Press Building
529 14th St., N.W., 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20045
The day's events include three ADA-related panels featuring speakers from the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA), Justice (DOJ), Interior (DOI), Homeland Security (DHS), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Health and Human Services (HHS), Transportation (DOT) and Education (ED) and the National Council on Disability, among other federal executive officials with lead responsibility for ADA implementation.
OSERS Assistant Secretary John H. Hager is looking forward to participating in the panel titled Equality of Opportunity and Full Participation, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. He and other leaders from federal agencies will discuss and respond to the current state of disability on issues such as civil rights, education, youths, accessibility, emergency preparedness and technology.
A full agenda of the day's events, which are open to the public, is attached.