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NDSS Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act at The White House

On Monday, July 20th, the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) was proud to participate in the official White House Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To reflect on the momentus occasion a quarter century ago, President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden, remarked that "America is stronger and more vibrant, it is a better country because of the ADA. That is what this law has achieved."NDSS was represented by a contingent led by President Sara Weir and comprised people from all over the country.“Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at the White House with President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, several Members of Congress and disability leaders from around the country was a true honor for NDSS,” said Weir. “ It was a day to celebrate the accomplishments of people with disabilities in the last twenty-five years, but a clear reminder that we have so much more to accomplish as a community to ensure the same rights are put in place for people with Down syndrome (and other disabilities) as all other Americans.” Also in attendance representing NDSS were board member Patti Saylor from Maryland and David Egan, the first Joseph P. Kennedy Jr Fellow who happens to have an intellectual or developmental disability. Egan is working out of the NDSS DC office for the remainder of his fellowship. Brad Pitzele, 2014 Champion of Change award recipient as NDSS DS-Ambassador of the Year, was able to make the trip with his wife Julianne and their seven year-old Brianna, who happens to have Down syndrome. During his nearly 15 minute long speech, President Obama would speak about employment issues in the disability community. Speaking on the difficulties people with disabilities face in employment, the President said, "we’ve got to do better -- our country cannot let all that incredible talent go to waste."

  • Buddy Walk
  • NDSS Yourway
  • NDSS DS-Ambassadors