WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer attended a Maryland Democratic Party event last night that honored his leadership in passing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This year marks the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the ADA, which was signed into law on July 26, 1990. Over the past twenty-five years it has enabled millions of people with disabilities to participate more fully and equally in society.
“I am humbled and moved to receive this award from the Maryland Democratic Party and the People with Disabilities Leadership Council,” said Congressman Steny Hoyer. “The work we did together to secure equal access and equal opportunity for those with differing abilities in Maryland and across the country will have a lasting impact long after we are all gone. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may not have marked a complete end to discrimination and inequality, but it marked the beginning of the end.”
“As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ADA this year, let us continue working to strengthen the ADA and to ensure that we are building a future for this nation where every American can participate in bettering our country and his or her own circumstances,” continued Congressman Hoyer. “I was proud to be the ADA’s lead sponsor in the House when it was passed in 1990, and I was proud to lead the effort to defend and strengthen the law in 2008 after the Supreme Court undermined its original intent. I will proudly continue to stand up for the rights of Americans with disabilities and their freedom to participate fully and equally in the American Dream.”
The Maryland Democratic Party’s People with Disabilities Leadership Council presented an award to Congressman Hoyer for sponsoring the ADA and moving the legislation successfully through Congress.