Tom Harkin Message

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Message from Retired Senator Tom Harkin

July 26th, we celebrated the 26th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

As you know, this annual commemoration is very important to me, as I was the chief sponsor of the bill and led the Senate effort to passage in 1990.

In the past 26 years, America has taken many steps forward in transforming the experiences of people with disabilities. While the ADA’s enactment sent a message that we would no longer put up with second-class citizenship for Americans with disabilities, there continues to be room for growth. While we plan and work for a future of many more achievements, it is important to celebrate our past successes. As you celebrate the 26th anniversary of the passage of the ADA, please consider sharing this video with your organization’s staff, supporters, and friends. In it, I share my pride for the work initiated by the Americans with Disabilities Act that you and your organization have helped sustain.

At the Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement, we celebrate the ADA every day, as we facilitate nonpartisan policy research along with active civic engagement dedicated to the issues that people with disabilities face. How are you celebrating this anniversary and honoring the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act? Join the conversation with the hashtag #ADA26.

Thank you,
Senator Tom Harkin (Retired)