The National Black Justice Coalition Celebrates the Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act
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WASHINGTON, DC — the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) celebrates the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Signed into law by President George H. W. Bush, the act provides anti-discrimination protections for individuals with disabilities for critical issues like employment, education, transportation, and public accommodations. Today the ADA protects Civil Rights of disabled Americans, including 6 million Black people in the U.S. living with a disability.
“As we commemorate this anniversary of the ADA, the fight for disability rights in our communities continues,” said Victoria Kirby York, deputy executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition. “Advocating for legislation that protects disabled Americans from discrimination is critical, particularly for queer Black people living with disabilities, whose needs are overlooked too often.”
“After advancing in my career, I have become less outspoken about my, mostly invisible, disabilities due to stigma, assumptions, and fear. I have experienced the sting of discrimination in employment and education, while also experiencing the joy of knowing ADA accommodations allow me to thrive as an advocate for historically marginalized people.”
To contact your U.S. Senators today, use NBJC’s Equality Act Hotline 1 (888) 439-0303
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