CDHS statement on 30th anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

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DENVER (July 24, 2020) - The Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) released the following statement honoring the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on Sunday.

"What was so phenomenal about this piece of legislation that President George H.W. Bush signed into law 30 years ago was that for the first time ever, the federal government acknowledged that discrimination of any kind existed all across our nation," said Yolanda Webb, Director of CDHS's Office of Adult, Aging and Disability Services. "Issues around earning a living wage without it impacting federal benefits, technology, transportation and housing are still powerful battles on the disability front. Work environments also have so much more work to do."

CDHS manages and supports programming for Disability Determination Services, MINDSOURCE: Brain Injury Network, the Colorado Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf Blind, early intervention for infants, toddlers and families, Adult Protective Services, as well as three regional centers around the state. Whether you are a Coloradan with a disability or someone who cares for a loved one with a disability, resources are available nearby. There are programs and services that can help all Coloradans live a life of independence and quality. A list of CDHS programs and services can be found here.

"In today's pandemic, people with disabilities are in the most vulnerable category," said Webb. "All of these things make us realize we have much more work to do."

Thankfully, the fight continues today for many people with disabilities. This Sunday, please join CDHS in celebration and pride with those who have been on the front lines fighting for the ADA and who continue this fight 30 years later.

Media contact:
Madlynn Ruble, Deputy Director of Communications