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Art By: George Ortiz

Remembering an Advocate for People with Disabilities

Posted on : 12/05/2018
Signing of ADA Legislation

Over the weekend, our country was saddened to learn about the passing of the 41st President of the United States - George H. W. Bush.  In his passing, we take time to reflect on what President Bush called “Another Independence Day”, the signing of the world’s first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

“This act is powerful in its simplicity. It will ensure that people with disabilities are given the basic guarantees for which they have worked so long and so hard: independence, freedom of choice, control of their lives, the opportunity to blend fully and equally into the rich mosaic of the American mainstream”. – President George H. W. Bush

The signing of this legislation forever changed the lives of individuals with disabilities across America, as the civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. This includes jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.

So, on this national day of mourning, all of us at The Arc Westchester send our deepest condolences to the former President’s family and express our deepest gratitude for his impact on the people we support.

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