Recognize the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
PRINCE FREDERICK, MD – Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-5) and The Arc of Southern Maryland recognized the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Congressman Hoyer was a lead sponsor of the ADA in the House of Representatives. It was signed into law on July 26, 1990, and has enabled millions of people with disabilities to participate more fully and equally in society.
“I’m always happy to visit The Arc of Southern Maryland to get an update and see firsthand the extraordinary work they do in support of those in our communities living with differing intellectual and developmental abilities,” stated Congressman Steny Hoyer. “I was proud to join them today to celebrate 25 years since the signing of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act.
The ADA did more than widen doors, build ramps, and require reasonable accommodations for the hearing and sight impaired. It has helped bring greater attention and support to the wonderful organizations like The Arc and others that are providing assistance to those with differing abilities and helping ensure their full inclusion and equal dignity.”
“The Arc of Southern Maryland was honored that Congressman Hoyer joined us as we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We salute Congressman Hoyer’s role as the lead sponsor of the ADA bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. This landmark legislation helped level the playing field for individuals with disabilities. As an organization that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, we look forward to continuing to remove barriers and create opportunities for community inclusion,” said Terry Z. Long, Executive Director of The Arc of Southern Maryland.
Congressman Hoyer and The Arc of Southern Maryland also celebrated 40 years of The Arc serving the tri-county region and the five year anniversary of them moving into their newly renovated facility, which Congressman Hoyer helped to secure federal funds used to make the upgrades. The Arc of Southern Maryland is a non-profit organization that provides services and support for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities living and working in Southern Maryland.