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American Public Health Association Honors 20th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

Statement from Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), Executive Director, American Public Health Association

Washington, D.C., July 26, 2010 – “ The American Public Health Association today recognizes the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark measure that promises fundamental civil rights to millions of people living with disabilities. 

“As a nation, we should take a moment to recognize the tremendous progress we’ve made since the Americans with Disabilities Act was first signed into law. The enactment of ADA on July 26, 1990, was a testament to our nation’s commitment to social justice and marked a monumental step towards reducing disparities in health experienced by people with disabilities.

“On the 20th anniversary today, there is still much work to be done to improve the law, so that every individual with a disability has equal access to public accommodations, the full continuum of prevention health care services and the opportunity to live a long, fulfilling life.

“APHA strongly supports strengthening ADA to ensure all Americans with disabilities have full access to the benefits provided in the law, including community-based services and programs.” 

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