Thank you, Senator Tom Harkin
Posted Jul 26, 2021 by Jacquie Robison
Today, July 26th, marks the 31st anniversary of the American With Disabilities Act, a landmark civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability and provides similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It's fitting that this milestone takes place during July, which is Disability Pride Month.
Introduced by Democratic Senator Tom Harkin from Iowa on May 9, 1988, he delivered part of his introduction speech in sign language, explaining that it was so his deaf brother could understand. I'm grateful to members of the Senate and the House who worked across the aisle to move this forward to President H.W. Bush's desk to be signed into law on July 26, 1990.
Senator Harkin. is such a powerful example of how empathy, personal engagement, and experience reinforce that a disability does not define a person. Representation matters and everyone belongs, no matter their physical difference or disabilities. I'm proud to be part of a community of advocates and entrepreneurs who are dedicated to shifting the narrative around disability, promoting access to adventure and shouting inclusion.
From playgrounds where everyone can have fun...to dance studios that place neurotypical kids together with children with physical differences in classes and performances...to sport recreation programs with adaptive equipment so the joy of the outdoors is available for every child. There's still work to do, and i invite you all to join our team of volunteers as we #wawostogether.