ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Larry Hogan presented a proclamation Monday, July 27 to honor the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
He presented the framed proclamation to Secretary Carol A. Beatty of the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD), and Kelby Brick, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH).
Signed into law on July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. It ensures civil rights protection for individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion.
“Our administration remains committed to ensuring that adults with disabilities can obtain meaningful work, and that our schools and public places are examples of inclusion in both attitude and action,” Hogan said. “Together we are making incredible strides, but even as we celebrate this important milestone, there is still more work to be done as we create a more equitable future for all Marylanders.”
Led by Secretary Carol Beatty, MDOD is the only cabinet-level state agency in the nation focused on disability policy.
“While we are not able to celebrate this important anniversary the way we planned, our enthusiasm for this ground-breaking law and our continued work is not diminished,” said Secretary Beatty. “There is more work to be done to ensure the full participation of all Maryland citizens.”