April 28, 2005

Americans with Disabilities Act Impact Testimony

National Council on Disability Seeks
Americans with Disabilities Act Impact Testimony

WASHINGTONThe National Council on Disability (NCD) is collecting
written testimony from people with disabilities, their families,
and their advocates on the impact the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA) of 1990 has had on their lives.



National Council on Disability Seeks
Americans with Disabilities Act Impact Testimony

WASHINGTONThe National Council on Disability (NCD) is collecting
written testimony from people with disabilities, their families,
and their advocates on the impact the Americans with Disabilities
Act (ADA) of 1990 has had on their lives.

NCD is an independent federal agency charged with making
recommendations to the President and Congress to enhance the
quality of life for all Americans with disabilities and their
families. In 1986, NCD first proposed and then drafted the
original Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA was hailed
as a major civil rights law guaranteeing equal opportunity
for Americans with disabilities to participate more fully in
their communities, to have greater access to goods and services,
and to enjoy more employment opportunities. Testimony is sought
regarding the extent to which the ADA has achieved its goals of
equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living,
and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities.
The information received will be added to a body of data currently
being assembled from a variety of sources to be analyzed and
transmitted to the President and Congress in a report to be published in
fall 2005.

Testimony is sought regarding:

Telecommunications: Has the ADA had an impact on the ability
of people who have hearing and/or speech impairments to communicate by
telephone?

Employment: Has the ADA improved employment opportunities and job
retention for people with disabilities?

Public Services: Are goods and services provided by local and
state agencies more accessible to people with disabilities
because of the ADA?

Public Accommodations Operated by Private Entities: Are goods
and services provided by businesses more accessible to people
with disabilities because of the ADA?

General comments on the ADA

Please send written comments on or before May 15, 2005, to Julie
Carroll, National Council on Disability, 1331 F Street, NW,
Suite 850, Washington, DC 20004 or jcarroll@ncd.gov.

For more information, contact Mark Quigley or Julie Carroll at 202-272-2004.

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Mark S. Quigley
Director of Communications
National Council on Disability
1331 F Street, NW, Suite 850
Washington, DC 20004
202-272-2008
202-272-2074 TTY
202-272-2022 fax
mquigley@ncd.gov
www.ncd.gov

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