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Obama, Barack

  • “The landmark Olmstead case affirmed the rights of Americans with disabilities to live independently. On this anniversary, let's recommit ourselves to building on the promise of Olmstead by working to end all forms of discrimination, and uphold the rights of Americans with disabilities and all Americans.”

    President Barack Obama,
    Remarks on Anniversary of Olmstead - Obama Administration Recommits to Assist Americans with Disabilities,
    June 22, 2011

  • “We must continue to embrace diversity and reject discrimination in all its forms, and insist on equality of opportunity and accessibility for all. Let our efforts remind us that when we work together, we can build a world free of unnecessary barriers and include every member of our international community.”

    International Day of Persons with Disabilities
    December 3, 2009

  • “No one in America should be forced to look over their shoulder because of who they are, or because they live with a disability.”

    Remarks from Signing Ceremony for Hate Crimes Legislation
    October 28, 2009

  • “Each day, Americans with disabilities play a critical role in forging and shaping the identity of our Nation. Their contributions touch us all through personal experience or through that of a family member, neighbor, friend, or colleague. We grow stronger as a Nation when Americans feel the dignity conferred by having the ability to support themselves and their families through productive work.”

    Proclamation for National Disability Employment Awareness Month
    September 30, 2009

  • “The Olmstead ruling was a critical step forward for our nation, articulating one of the most fundamental rights of Americans with disabilities: Having the choice to live independently.... I am proud to launch this initiative [“The Year of Community Living”] to reaffirm my Administration's commitment to vigorous enforcement of civil rights for Americans with disabilities and to ensuring the fullest inclusion of all people in the life of our nation.”

    Excerpt from Commemoration of Olmstead Ruling Anniversary and Announcement of New Initiatives to Assist Americans with Disabilities
    June 22, 2009

  • “The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.”

    Excerpt from Inaugural Address,
    January 20, 2009

  • “With nearly fifty-four million Americans living with disabilities, it must be a priority for our government to do everything it can to protect and respect the needs of these Americans. I am proud the Senate passed this Act today to reverse judicial decisions that permit discrimination against persons with disabilities.”

    “Eighteen years ago, enacting the Americans with Disabilities Act was a historic milestone for millions of Americans when it was signed into law. It gave Americans with disabilities better access, more opportunities, and increased independence.”

    “While we still have much more to do, today's passage is an important affirmation of our commitment to disabled Americans. I commend Senator Harkin, a true leader on this issue, for working to pass this legislation.”

    Senator Barack Obama,
    Statement on the Senate's Passage of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008
    September 11, 2008

  • “We must build a world free of unnecessary barriers, stereotypes, and discrimination.... policies must be developed, attitudes must be shaped, and buildings and organizations must be designed to ensure that everyone has a chance to get the education they need and live independently as full citizens in their communities.”

    Barack Obama
    April 11, 2008

  • “...increase the employment rate of workers with disabilities by effectively implementing regulations that require the federal government and its contractors to employ people with disabilities, providing private-sector employers with resources to accommodate employees with disabilities, and encouraging those employers to use existing tax benefits to hire more workers with disabilities and supporting small businesses owned by people with disabilities.”

    Barack Obama
    April 11, 2008

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