President Barack Obama Speaks on the Americans with Disabilities Act

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.

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About Tuesday Talk With Alex

Born in Charleston, SC, I was injured in a motor vehicle accident when I was nine months old. I acquired a C5-C6 spinal cord injury. I'm now 30 years old and I do not let my disability deter me from acheiving my goals and enjoying life. I will be sharing my experience of living with a spinal cord injury.
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