National Disability Rights Network Mourns the Passing of President George H.W. Bush, Signer of the Americans with Disabilities Act
For Immediate Release
Contact: David Card
Washington, DC – Curt Decker, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) issued the following statement on the death of President George H.W. Bush:
“All Americans owe President Bush a debt of gratitude. When he signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, it opened new frontiers in education, employment, transportation, and community living for people with disabilities. It ensured that all of us, whether born with a disability or acquiring one later in life, would have the same rights and opportunities as every other American.
“The passing of the ADA is also an example of a time in our nation’s history when elected officials worked together to do what is best for the country. Under President Bush’s leadership, the law was negotiated in the spirit of compromise and passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. We urge our leaders today to follow that example.
“The National Disability Rights Network joins the nation in mourning the loss of President Bush. We will continue to uphold his legacy as a champion of the civil rights of Americans with disabilities.”
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The National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and the Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Collectively, the Network is the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.