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Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

On the 22nd Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today issued the following statement on the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“The Americans with Disabilities Act has affirmed our nation’s commitment to eliminating discrimination by the removal of barriers and safeguarding the right of people with disabilities to equal access in the classroom, the workplace, recreational activities, transportation, and opportunities available to all Americans. It is one of the most important civil rights laws of our generation.

“The Department of Education is dedicated to fulfilling the promise of ADA. As we mark the 22nd anniversary of its enactment, we celebrate our nation’s progress and renew our responsibility to raise awareness and enforce the law. In schools, the workplace, and throughout our public life, we are committed to ensuring that people with disabilities have an equal chance at achieving the American dream.”