Disability rights expert weighs in on ADA at 25 years

Posted on July 27, 2015

Photo: Central New York Regional Transportation Authority
Photo: Central New York Regional Transportation Authority

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — To commemorate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act signing, spoke with Arlene Kanter, Syracuse University professor of law and the director of the Disability Law and Policy Program, about the history of the ADA, its biggest accomplishments and what still needs to be done for the rights of people with disabilities.

Excerpts from that interview touch on what was it like for people with disabilities before the ADA was passed; defining moments and biggest changes since it's implementation, including greater access to buses, transportation, grocery stores, banks, court houses, schools, according to the report.

Regarding what still needs to be done with regard to progress, Kanter told that her biggest concern is that people with disabilities still remain marginalized in society. The unemployment rate of people with disabilities is larger than any other group in the population, .

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