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Statement from Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) for the 24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

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"The annual celebrations taking place across the country  commemorating the historic signing of the ADA come at a time when the achievements of the disability advocacy community have much to be encouraged about. Just in the last year, we have seen national legislation such as the reauthorization of the Workforce and Innovation Opportunities Act signed by the President, a new mandate for federal contractors to ensure 7 percent of their workers are people with disabilities, and here in Michigan, the legislature finally removed the use of the R-word in state statutes.

"Although it is a time to celebrate the achievements the disability community has made in the last year, it is also time to renew our commitment to continuing the fight for equal opportunity, treatment and respect of all people with disabilities. Employment of people with disabilities earning fair and prevailing wage alongside individuals without disabilities in fully integrated settings is the next hurdle we in the disability community must tackle.

"MPAS, in collaboration with other disability advocates in the state, is calling on Michigan to adopt legislation that will help lay the foundation upon which a productive, valued workforce of individuals with disabilities can be built.  Significant advancements related to employment for people with disabilities are already happening across the country and we are excited to be championing this issue here in Michigan."

Photo: (From L to R) MPAS Executive Director Elmer L. Cerano with Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), one of our country's most prominent disability champions, at an event sponsored by AARP celebrating the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.








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July 24, 2014