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Anniversary Noted for Three Million New Yorkers

July 21, 2008

New York, NY — Three million New Yorkers celebrate an important anniversary this week. The "Americans with Disabilities Act" (ADA), the law credited with making it easier to get around for millions of people with disabilities, is turning 18.

After almost two decades, Congress is considering updating the ADA to deal with persistent questions that have arisen as a result of court rulings. Susan Dooha with the Center for Independence of the Disabled says it's a civil rights law that has come of age, and would benefit from some revisions.

"We have 'kneeling' buses, wider doorways, accessible voting machines, and even a New York State governor with a disability, but we still face such tough barriers in rebuilding our lives. We still have a long way to go."

The U.S. House has already passed an "ADA Restoration Act," which backers say will clarify the law, especially in the workplace. Supporters believe updating the original ADA is important because the Supreme Court has continued to change the definition of what it means to have a disability. According to Dooha, this has affected people's employment prospects.

"The bizarre result is, now someone can be 'too disabled' to get a job, but not disabled enough to be covered by the law. The bill to restore the Americans with Disabilities Act would fix that problem."

Opponents of the restoration measure say it includes a disability definition that is so broad, it might even dilute efforts to help people with the most severe disabilities. But, as Dooha emphasizes, the update now being considered (HR 3195) is a compromise that takes business concerns into account and still manages to address areas of the law that need clarification.

No matter the extent of the update, she adds, her group is working to make sure that people with disabilities have equal access to polling places this fall, when a record number of New Yorkers are expected to cast ballots. Learn more online, at

Michael Clifford/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - NY