On July 25, 2013, President Barack Obama issued a Proclamation honoring the 23rd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The proclamation reflected on the progress that the country has seen over the past two decades in respect to the “promise of equal opportunity” for Americans with disabilities.
The proclamation addresses the very value that individuals with disabilities have, especially in today’s work force. However, even with such great developments, there is still room for more progressive change. The proclamation states, “Even now, barriers still keep too many people with disabilities from fully participating in our society and our workforce. Our country suffers when our citizens are denied the chance to strengthen our economy, support their families, and fully participate in our American life.” The Obama Administration seeks to push for a commitment in the Federal Government to become more involved in recruiting, hiring and maintaining employees with disabilities. This will inherently lead to more job opportunities which is a step towards continued progress.
Importantly, the proclamation highlights the importance of access to a meaningful education for individuals with disabilities, and highlights the need for a proper budget that will provide the necessary resources, administration, and technology for all students with disabilities.
CEC applauds President Obama for this statement supporting the ADA and individuals with disabilities.