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Celebrating the thirty first Anniversary of the People with Disabilities Act


As an individual with lived expertise of psychological sickness, addictions, and trauma, I take into account July 26 – the thirty first anniversary of the People with Disabilities Act (ADA) – to be our nation’s second Independence Day. For the thousands and thousands of us with disabilities, it’s a day to rejoice our freedom. Freedom from discrimination and the boundaries that block our inclusion in group life. Freedom from unjustified segregation and institutionalization. Freedom to earn and to be taught. Freedom to pursue restoration and obtain providers and helps – together with psychological well being and dependancy providers – that assist us take part absolutely in American life.

As an worker with SAMHSA for over 26 years, I’m pleased with our management in defending the rights of individuals with psychological sickness and/or addictions together with:

Over the previous 31 years, America has made vital progress in defending and imposing the civil rights of individuals with disabilities – together with these of us with psychological sickness and/or addictions. Regardless of this progress, we have now rather more work to do to comprehend the total promise of the ADA. Too many people are nonetheless with out the liberty that each one People deserve.

Sitting subsequent to President George H.W. Bush, on July 26, 1990, when he signed the ADA into legislation, was famend incapacity advocate Justin Dart Jr. As we proceed our pursuit of justice and freedom, allow us to keep in mind and heed Dart’s name to motion to “Lead On!” Joyful thirty first Anniversary of the ADA!

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