ADA at 31: Access to Housing and Health Care Must Meet the Rise of Disability in the U.S.   [open pdf - 542KB]

From the Document: "It has been nearly 50 years since disability activists in San Francisco took over a federal building for 28 days to force the signing of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. This legislation established the rights of people with disabilities against discrimination in programs receiving federal funds. By 1990, disability activists were literally crawling up the steps of the U.S. Capitol to demand civil rights legislation for disabled people. This resulted in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which celebrated its 31st anniversary in July 2021. Yet even with these laws' protections, the lack of access and equity for people with disabilities--particularly those who are multiply marginalized--was put in sharp focus by their treatment during the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. Despite the coronavirus being indiscriminate, it has laid bare the inequities of the United States for all to witness. COVID-19 killed hundreds of thousands of Americans in part due to the vulnerability created through continued inequities in the distribution of resources and services, particularly in marginalized populations. [...] Despite the passage of several temporary measures to better support people in the United States--including increased economic support, access to health care testing and vaccines, and eviction and foreclosure protections --housing, food, and health care still have not been determined as basic rights to maintain public health and safety." This material 'ADA at 31: Access to Housing and Health Care Must Meet the Rise of Disability in the U.S.' was published by the Center for American Progress.

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