Governor Kathy Hochul signed a package of bills Tuesday that she says will “uphold and strengthen” the rights of those with disabilities.
Bills signed on 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
The signing comes on the 32nd anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act. The new state laws encourage autonomy in decision-making through a Supported Decision-Making Agreement and seek to educate the public about the myriad ways people with intellectual and developmental disabilities contribute meaningfully to their communities and reduce harmful stigma and stereotyping. Governor Hochul also issued a proclamation today commemorating the 32nd Anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
“The Americans With Disabilities Act established a comprehensive national mandate prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities in all its forms,” Governor Hochul said. “With the bills I am signing today, New York State honors the ADA’s legacy by expanding the rights of people with disabilities and combatting stigma so that people with disabilities can live rich and full lives. To make the New York dream a reality, we will continue to make New York inclusive, integrated and accessible for all.”
Mannion: bills will make New York more inclusive
State Senator John W. Mannion said, “As Chair of the Disabilities Committee, I have vigorously pursued an agenda of equality and fairness for every New Yorker with a disability and their families and Governor Kathy Hochul has been a true partner in these efforts. These new laws will make our state more inclusive by combatting stigma and ensuring those who need services have a voice in their care and life decisions.”
The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed by the 101st Congress and signed by President George H.W. Bush. It bans discrimination against the disabled in employment, government services, public accommodations, telecommunications, transportation, and more.
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