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Guest blog post: 5 Reasons to Celebrate the 24th Anniversary of the ADA

Joe Entwisle is a senior policy analyst for Health & Disability Advocates, a national health, education and employment nonprofit based in Chicago that operates the Think Beyond the Label campaign.

This is re-blogged from The Huffington Post:

It was 24 years ago on July 26 that President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. It was the year I graduated high school, a year and a half after sustaining a C4-C5 spinal cord injury.

Since that time our nation has seen a number of decisions related to the ADA and the workplace as our justice system has worked to identify a balance between the rights and responsibilities of workers with disabilities and their employers. During the same time we have seen a fairly consistent slide in the employment rate of workers with disabilities.

I believe in 2014 the needle will start to move for people with disabilities in the workplace for five reasons. First, earlier this year the Department of Labor released final Section 503 regulations that require federal contractors and subcontractors to account for, proactively hire and track the advancement of workers with disabilities — as they already must do with other minority groups.

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