Michigan Department of Civil Rights Marks the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Contact: Vicki Levengood - levengoodv@michigan.gov
Agency: Civil Rights

July 26, 2018

Lansing, MI—Agustin V. Arbulu, Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, today issued the following statement in recognition of the 28th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“Twenty-eight years ago, on July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. The ADA was the nation’s first comprehensive civil rights law providing protections for people with disabilities and prohibiting discrimination in employment, public service, public accommodations and telecommunications.  This shift made many workplaces, public venues, public services and programs more accessible to individuals with disabilities.

While we are proud of the progress we’ve made, much work remains to be done. Consistently, complaints of discrimination filed with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights on the basis of disability are second only to complaints on the basis of race. We at MDCR are committed to the spirit and language of the ADA and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities from discrimination.

Today, MDCR joins with others in celebrating the anniversary of the enactment of the ADA.”

 

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