The 33rd Anniversary of the milestone Americans with Disabilities Act

WASHINGTON – Thirty-three years ago, President George H.W. Bush signed the groundbreaking Americans with Disabilities Act.

At the signing, President Bush stated:

With today’s signing of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, every man, woman, and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence, and freedom.

NRL President Carol Tobias said

Today, we commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act being signed into law by then-President George H. W. Bush. We also celebrate the hard work of the late Senator Robert Dole (R-Kan.) for his diligent efforts to protect and bring visibility to persons with disabilities.

The Americans with Disabilities Act was a milestone in protecting the right to life of Americans with disabilities. Every person, from the unborn child to the elderly, has the same right to life as any other human being and should be free from those who would advocate for their deaths from assisted suicide or euthanasia.

This is especially true for persons with disabilities, even today, thirty-three years after the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.