Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released the following statement recognizing the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signed into law by President George H. W. Bush on July 26, 1990. The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted with bipartisan support to prohibit discrimination and ensure equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in employment, state and local government services, public accommodations, commercial facilities, and transportation:
"This important piece of legislation that was signed into law twenty-nine years ago today has helped make the United States more accessible and equitable for those in our community who have a disability. Thanks to this law, barriers have been lowered for disabled individuals in areas such as telecommunications, government accessibility, and civil rights.
"There is still much work that needs to be done to ensure disabled Americans are truly treated equally. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act needs to be fully funded to ensure children with disabilities get the best education possible. Increasing the labor force participation rate for disabled Americans is also critical, if we are to achieve true diversity in our workforce. We also need to ensure that new advancements in technology are accessible to Americans with disabilities.
"I am glad to see that we have made some meaningful progress in the 116th Congress in tackling a few of the issue. A provision in the Raise the Wage Act of 2019 eliminated the subminimum wage that many individuals with disabilities were receiving. I am also a proud cosponsor of H.R. 555 -- The Disability Integration Act.
"As we reflect on tis day and look towards the future, I will continue to advocate for the fair treatment and equality for individuals with disabilities."