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Welcome to the Advocacy Blog of the CIL of South Florida, written by former DOJ attorney Marc Dubin. Please visit the CIL's website at www.soflacil.org and Visit our Facebook page and click on like us https://www.facebook.com/SOFLACIL
ADA Celebration Talking Points The ADA's 23rd Anniversary is July 26th, 2013 Marc Dubin, Esq. 1. The ADA is a federal civil rights law, not a building code. It is the most comprehensive federal civil rights law ever enacted prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. 2. It is designed to provide people with disabilities equal opportunities, not special privileges, and recognizes there are barriers faced by people with disabilities that need to be addressed. 3. In addition to architectural barriers, people with disabilities also face policy barriers and communication barriers. 4. It was passed 23 years ago, and covers employers, businesses, and programs, services and activities of state and local governments. 5. Federal funding is not required. 6. It protects people with physical, mental, and sensory disabilities. 7. It was passed with the support of Republicans and Democrats, and was signed into law in 1990 by President Bush. 8. It has brought people with disabilities into the mainstream of the community, and allowed them to be integrated into the fabric of American life. 9. Tax laws have been changed, to provide tax incentives to comply. 10. As a result of the ADA, people with disabilities have enhanced opportunities for meaningful employment, and employers have been able to tap into a well-qualified pool of applicants and employees. 11. Businesses are seeing the value of becoming accessible to customers with disabilities: According to the Justice Department: • The large and growing market of people with disabilities has $175 billion in discretionary spending, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. $175 billion is more than four times the spending power of tweens (8-14 year-olds), a demographic sought after by businesses • The New York Times reported that spending by travelers with disabilities exceeds $13.6 billion annually • AARP says that four million Americans turn 50 each year and that people age 50 and older spent nearly $400 billion in 2003 • There are 51.2 million people with disabilities in the United States. More than one in six people in this country are potential customers for businesses that are accessible to people with disabilities. • The U.S. population’s percentage of people with disabilities is 18.1 percent. That is larger than the percentage of Hispanics in the U.S. population (13.3%), the country’s largest ethnic, racial, or cultural minority group. • Black Americans reported 19.8%; Hispanics/Latinos reported 13.8%; Whites reported 19.0%; and, Asians or Pacific islanders reported 11.5% • Millions of people with disabilities regularly travel, shop, and eat out with family and friends. According to Census 2000, approximately 20.9 million families in this country have at least one member with a disability. • The 2000 Census reported that almost 42% of older adults (65+ years) have one or more disabilities. The Administration on Aging projects that by 2030 there will be more than 69 million people age 65 and older, making up approximately 20% of the total U.S. population. Source: http://www.ada.gov/busstat.htm (Footnotes omitted).