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Clinton, Bill

  • “Perhaps nothing better symbolizes just what we were fighting for than the historic progress made in the budget to open new doors of opportunity for Americans with disabilities ...I'm very proud this week that Congress ...finally agreed on the historic Work Incentives Improvement Act (WIA). It's bipartisan legislation to allow people with disabilities to keep their health care on the job. They can earn a salary, pay taxes and be role models by proving what people can do if given a chance to live up to their God-given potential...It is the most significant advancement for people with disabilities since the passage of the ADA....”

    President Bill Clinton
    Radio Address to the Nation (in which he applauds the passage of WIA)
    November 20, 1999

  • “What they're worried about, I think, is all the people who have to be the keepers of the tradition of any game or any club, or anything else, they're always afraid that when they change any rules, it's a slippery slope, and pretty soon, the whole character of a contest will be altered in ways that aren't good. But I just don't think that that objection holds water here.”

    President Bill Clinton
    Radio Interview about Casey Martin by Dan Patrick, ESPN Radio
    November 4, 1999

  • “Freedom doesn't come with a piece of paper. A piece of paper doesn't end a long history of intentional and purposeful discrimination. Ignorance is our greatest enemy ...excluding someone from society simply because of disability is WRONG.”

    President Bill Clinton
    National Teleconference Address sponsored by Justice For All

  • “In 1992, I issued a challenge to our nation. I said we must not rest until America has a national disability policy based on three simple creeds; inclusion, not exclusion; independence, not dependence; and empowerment, not paternalism. I remain committed to that vision and I want to thank all of you for working so hard with us to make it a reality. More than ever before in our history, America's greatness in the next century will depend upon the ability of our citizens to make the most of their own lives. Americans with disabilities are an enormous, largely untapped reservoir of that potential.”

    President Bill Clinton
    May 23, 1996

  • “I, William J. Clinton, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim October 1996 as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. I call upon government officials, educators, labor leaders, employers, and the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities that reaffirm our determination to fulfill both the letter and the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

    President Bill Clinton
    October 4, 1996

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