July 22nd, 2015
Dear President Bush,
As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), representing millions of Americans with disabilities, would like to thank you for signing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law.
On behalf of our consumers, Centers for Independent Living (CILs), and Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), we want to extend our gratitude and appreciation for your commitment and foresight for signing into law the first comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities in the world, when you signed the ADA on July 26, 1990. Founded in 1982, NCIL is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for individuals with disabilities.
In this historical, extraordinary, and momentous act, you liberated millions of Americans with disabilities from discrimination, segregation, and isolation, and gave us a sense of acceptability. It is altogether fitting that this expression of our most basic ideals of freedom and equality, exemplified within the spirit of the ADA, serves as the “blue print” and guiding principles of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Your historical legacy, within the context of civil rights for millions of Americans with disabilities, goes far beyond the sovereignty of our nation, it encompasses the world! [Read more...]