[nabs-l] [Nfbmd] Fwd: Presidential Proclamation--Anniversary of theAmericans with Disabilities Act

Chris Nusbaum dotkid.nusbaum at gmail.com
Thu Jul 28 13:03:09 UTC 2011

Hi all,

This is a Presidential Proclamation regarding subminimum wages, 
written by President Obama.  The attached proclamation is a PDF, 
so the text is pasted below the message.  Dave, if you feel it is 
appropriate, please post this to the NFBNET-MEMBERS or 


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 ---- Original Message ------
From: Matt Roberts <blindbikernfb at cfl.rr.com
Subject: [Nfbmd] Fwd: Presidential Proclamation--Anniversary of 
theAmericans with Disabilities Act
Date sent: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 15:41:44 +0000

I'm sending this to the list, because I don't think anyone has 
posted it yet.  The attached file is a PDF file, so I'm pasting 
the text in the body of this e-mail as well.

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release	July 25, 2011
Generations of Americans with disabilities have improved our 
country in countless ways.  Refusing to accept the world as it 
was, they have torn down the barriers that prohibited them from 
fully realizing the American dream.  Their tireless efforts led 
to the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 
one of the most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation 
in our Nation's history.  On this day, we celebrate the 21st 
anniversary of the ADA and the progress we have made, and we 
reaffirm our commitment to ensure equal opportunity for all 
Each day, people living with disabilities make immeasurable 
contributions to the diversity and vitality of our communities.  
Nearly one in five Americans lives with a disability.  They are 
our family members and friends, neighbors and colleagues, and 
business and civic leaders.  Since the passing of the ADA, 
persons with disabilities are leading fuller lives in 
neighborhoods that are more accessible and have greater access to 
new technologies.  In our classrooms, young people with 
disabilities now enjoy the same educational opportunities as 
their peers and are gaining the tools necessary to reach their 
greatest potential.
Despite these advancements, there is more work to be done, and my 
Administration remains committed to ending all forms of 
discrimination and upholding the rights of Americans with 
disabilities.  The Department of Justice continues to strengthen 
enforcement of the ADA by ensuring that persons with disabilities 
have access to community-based services that allow them to lead 
independent lives in the communities of their choosing.  Under 
provisions of the Affordable Care Act, insurers will no longer be 
able to engage in the discriminatory practice of denying coverage 
based on pre-existing conditions, and Americans with disabilities 
will have greater control over their health care choices.  And 
last year, I signed an Executive Order establishing the Federal 
Government as a model employer for individuals with disabilities, 
placing a special focus on recruitment and retention of public 
servants with disabilities across Federal agencies.
Through the ADA, America was the first country in the world to 
comprehensively declare equality for citizens with disabilities.  
To continue promoting these principles, we have joined in signing 
the Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities.  At its core, this Convention promotes equality.  
It seeks to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy the same 
rights and opportunities as all people, and are able to lead 
their lives as do other individuals.
Eventual ratification of this Convention would represent another 
important step in our forty-plus years of protecting disability 
rights.  It would offer us a platform to encourage other 
countries to join and implement the Convention.  Broad 
implementation would mean greater protections and benefits abroad 
for millions of Americans with disabilities, including our 
veterans, who travel, conduct business, study, reside, or retire 
overseas.  In encouraging other countries to join and implement 
the Convention, we also could help level the playing field to the 
benefit of American companies, who already meet high standards 
under United States domestic law.  Improved disabilities 
standards abroad would also afford American businesses increased 
opportunities to export innovative products and technologies, 
stimulating job creation at home.
Equal access, equal opportunity, and the freedom to make of our 
lives what we will are principles upon which our Nation was 
founded, and they continue to guide our efforts to perfect our 
Union.  Together, we can ensure our country is not deprived of 
the full talents and contributions of the approximately 54 
million Americans living with disabilities, and we will move 
forward with the work of providing pathways to opportunity to all 
of our people.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States 
of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the 
Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby 
proclaim Tuesday, July 26, 2011, the Anniversary of the Americans 
with Disabilities Act.  I encourage Americans across our Nation 
to celebrate the 21st anniversary of this civil rights law and 
the many contributions of individuals with disabilities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-fifth 
day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand eleven, and of 
the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred 
and thirty-sixth.

Matt Roberts
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