President Barack Obama spoke to a crowd of disability rights activists to celebrate 25 years of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) at the White House Monday.
In his speech, President Obama recognized key people who helped enact the law, including Sen. Tom Harkin, Judy Heumann and President George H.W. Bush. Other disability rights leaders were in attendance who have helped remove barriers for people living with disabilities.
Because of the ADA, people with disabilities have access to public places like movie theaters, restaurants and ball parks. Individuals with disabilities also have better access to employment. Employers now understand that people with disabilities are just as capable as anyone else, and, through workplace accommodations, those with disabilities can complete their jobs even easier. President Obama also said Federal agencies have been mandated to increase the number of disabled employees within the workforce.
Please watch the President’s speech below.