Iowa Democratic Party Disability Caucus Chair Catherine Crist released the following statement on the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act:
“Today, our nation celebrates the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of the landmark civil rights laws of the 20th century that guarantees that no one should face discrimination based on their disability.
“Iowa Democrats are committed to building and continuing that progress by making our presidential nominating process the most accessible in history, and working to elect candidates who will expand equal opportunities for people with disabilities in the workforce and in our communities. For the first time ever, Iowans with disabilities who have been unable to caucus in person, will be able to participate in a virtual caucus and have their voices heard on caucus night.
“We have made tremendous progress since the passage of the ADA, and make no mistake—there remains more work to be done. The Trump administration is actively working to strip away the civil rights of disabled Americans. From dismantling our national health care system and gutting essential health services, to decreasing inclusion in schools, cutting independent living programs and slashing job training and workforce accessibility programs—it’s clear that Trump is not interested in protecting the rights of people with disabilities.
“Over the past 29 years, the ADA has provided opportunity and access for millions of Americans with disabilities. We must honor the anniversary of the ADA by continuing to fight for equal rights for all Americans.”