Law improved much for disabled but much work remains, say advocates

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April 18, 2015

U.S. President George W. Bush signs  Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 in Oval Office at White House

U.S. President George W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 in the Oval Office of the White House. (CNS photo/Kristoffer Tripplaar, White House via EPA)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — It was nearly 25 years ago, on July 26, 1990, that the Americans With Disabilities Act passed by Congress was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.

So what has changed, and what still needs changing?

Janice Benton, executive director of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability, was working for its founding director, Mary Jane Owen, when the law was passed. She was able to attend the signing ceremony. “It was exciting. It was wonderful,” Benton said. It also is believed to be the largest signing ceremony of a bill to date. The ceremony was on the White House lawn, partly because so many wanted to be there, and partly because the executive mansion itself hadn’t been made completely accessible.

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