Pelosi Statement on the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law on July 26, 1990:

“Thirty years ago, our nation came together in a bipartisan way to honor our founding principle that all are equal under the law.  For three decades, the Americans with Disabilities Act has stood as a landmark civil rights victory, rooted in the belief that every American has the right to live with dignity and respect.

“For the 55 million Americans living with a disability, the ADA has been transformative. Yet, despite this progress, the Trump Administration continues to advance dangerous policies that undermine the rights of those living with a disability.  We must oppose these outrageous actions while ensuring that our laws keep pace with the rapidly evolving technology that is opening new doors of opportunity for all people.  We must make sure that vulnerable communities have access to the quality health care, long-term support and skills and tools needed to grow and thrive.  And we must continue to remove enduring barriers to people with disabilities so that they are able to vote and fully participate in the economic, educational, social and cultural opportunities of our nation.

“We must respect people for what they can do and not judge people for what they cannot.  On this historic anniversary, House Democrats are committed to fighting to uphold and expand the promise of the ADA as we work to empower people with disabilities and build a more just and equal future for all Americans.”