Matthew Schneider, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, today marked the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. The ADA is a landmark civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, government activities, and public accommodations. The ADA has advanced the promise of equal access in our society, ensuring that people with disabilities enjoy the same opportunity as all Americans to fully participate in our society. We honor the many ways that the ADA has transformed our society – by replacing exclusion with access, segregation with integration, and limitations with self-determination. However, work still needs to be done to ensure full inclusion for people with disabilities.
The ADA empowers the Department of Justice to investigate, litigate, and resolve complaints of discrimination as well as authorizing the Government to conduct compliance reviews of covered entities. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, through its Civil Rights Unit, has used the ADA to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities to fully participate in many aspects of society including voting, health care, child care, education, housing, shopping, dining, and travelling. “The ADA affirmed our nation’s most fundamental commitments to equal opportunity and fairness for all,” said U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider. “We understand that despite the strides that have been made towards equal access, far too many barriers remain, but our office will continue our efforts to tear down the shameful wall of exclusion that prevents full participation in our society for individuals with disabilities.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office has prioritized enforcing the ADA to secure the rights of people with disabilities in the Eastern District of Michigan in several recent matters. These efforts include:
ENSURING EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION
PREVENTING DISCRIMINATION AGAINST CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
PROMOTING CIVIC ACCESS
REMOVING PHYSICAL BARRIERS TO ACCESS
EMBRACING SERVICE ANIMALS
The Civil Rights Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office handles complaints of noncompliance with the ADA. Members of the public with a complaint relating to ADA compliance may submit a complaint by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (313) 226-9151.
For more information on the ADA, or the 30th Anniversary of the ADA, please visit www.ada.gov.