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Statement from Former President George H.W. Bush on the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
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For Immediate Release                                                    July 24, 2009

Statement from Former President George H.W. Bush
on the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

"I congratulate President Obama for taking some time today to remember the 19th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. There is no place in our society for prejudice of any kind, yet it was not that long ago when Americans with disabilities were often not given equal rights and opportunities. Whether the cause was ignorance or indifference, it was not acceptable. We can all take pride in how much the ADA has accomplished, which is evident every time you attend a sporting event, ride the subway, or go to work. Yet, there is always more to be done, which is why it’s good not only to celebrate our successes, but to look forward at what still must be done. As long as we never forget that every life is a miracle and each person has something to contribute, we will finish the job."