Biden Remarks on the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

September 2022 marked the thirty-second anniversary of the ADA. “The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.” The law was created so that all people, regardless of their abilities, have the same rights and opportunities. 


To commemorate the event, President Biden gave a speech in the Rose Garden saying, “[R]emember the days when if you were disabled, stores would turn you away.  Employees could refuse to hire you — employers could refuse to hire you. If you used a wheelchair, there was no required accommodation to take the bus, as mentioned already, or a train or — to school or to work. America simply wasn’t built for all Americans.  But we changed that.  And now, for one in four Americans living with a disability in America, we changed the law.  You know, it’s the key to equality, opportunity, and independence.

The ADA makes it illegal to discriminate against someone with a disability and requires building regulations to accommodate all abilities. Ramps, curb cuts, and elevators are just a few examples. 

For more information visit Viner Disability Law.