[NFBOK-Talk] FW: DOJ's Multi-Day Commemoration of the ADA

Sundling Selena J Selena.J.Sundling at irs.gov
Tue Jul 27 12:55:49 UTC 2010


Happy Anniversary to all of us as we individually and collectively
celebrate the signing of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act
(ADA), which became the law of the land 20 years ago today!


In commemoration of this auspicious occasion, last Wednesday, July 21,
Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the "Justice For All" event hosted
by the American Association of People with Disabilities, which took
place on Capitol Hill (see
http://www.justice.gov/ag/speeches/2010/ag-speech-100721.html).  The
following day, Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas E.
Perez joined former Attorney General Richard Thornburgh and former
Congressman Tony Coelho in testifying on Capitol Hill about both the
strides that have been made over the past 20 years and how far we still
need to go (see
-americans-with-disabilities-act-99044789.html).  On Friday, July 23,
Attorney General Holder hosted an event in the Great Hall of the U.S.
Department of Justice and at which former Attorney General Thornburgh
and former Congressman Coelho provided inspirational and insightful
remarks; and, following their keynote presentations were remarks from
some of the key pioneering champions who each contributed indelibly to
the ADA's ultimate passage and signing into law by President George H.
W. Bush (archived video available by July 30 at
http://www.ada.gov/2010adacelebration/ada20webcastinfo.htm).  That same
day, the Department announced four notices of proposed rulemaking,
"addressing the accessibility of websites, the provision of captioning
and video description in movies shown in theaters, accessible equipment
and furniture, and the ability of 9-1-1 centers to take text and video
calls from individuals with disabilities (see


Tonight, the celebration continues.  At 5:30 p.m., Eastern Daylight
Time, President Barack Obama will address the Nation from the White
House. To view this event live, visit:




Let us all rededicate ourselves to the work of this great cause.  As we
do, building upon the victories of the past, we will create a more
inclusive world for all, free from the physical, programmatic, and
attitudinal barriers to full community participation!



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