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The Americans With Disabilities Act at 25

The Americans With Disabilities Act at 25 Opinion Editorials represent the opinions of the authors and JAMA EDITORIAL and not those of the American Medical Association. The Highest Expression of American Values Lawrence O. Gostin, JD Twenty-five years ago, on July 26, 1990, President George H. major impairments in mobility, vision, hearing, or the ability W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a to care for themselves. More than half of those 80 years or older historic moment when the polity gave voice to the nation’s have a severe disability and more than 70% experience mul- highest ideals. The ADA enshrined in law a social promise of tiple disabilities. As the population ages, the prevalence of equality and inclusion into all facets of life, while offering disabilities will continue to increase with enormous personal an inspiring model that much of the world would come to consequences as well as health and social costs. embrace. As a civil rights law coming in the wake of racial The ADA was bipartisan in ways that few pieces of social and gender equality legislation, the ADA has had profound legislation are today, demonstrating that affording opportu- symbolic meaning and real-world effects. Its promise of full nities for flourishing http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

The Americans With Disabilities Act at 25

JAMA , Volume 313 (22) – Jun 9, 2015

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American Medical Association
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Copyright 2015 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
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0098-7484
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1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2015.6405
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26057283
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Abstract

Opinion Editorials represent the opinions of the authors and JAMA EDITORIAL and not those of the American Medical Association. The Highest Expression of American Values Lawrence O. Gostin, JD Twenty-five years ago, on July 26, 1990, President George H. major impairments in mobility, vision, hearing, or the ability W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a to care for themselves. More than half of those 80 years or older historic moment when the polity gave voice to the nation’s have a severe disability and more than 70% experience mul- highest ideals. The ADA enshrined in law a social promise of tiple disabilities. As the population ages, the prevalence of equality and inclusion into all facets of life, while offering disabilities will continue to increase with enormous personal an inspiring model that much of the world would come to consequences as well as health and social costs. embrace. As a civil rights law coming in the wake of racial The ADA was bipartisan in ways that few pieces of social and gender equality legislation, the ADA has had profound legislation are today, demonstrating that affording opportu- symbolic meaning and real-world effects. Its promise of full nities for flourishing

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jun 9, 2015

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