American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Parade and Rally
Gary Guller Key Note speaker
Gary Guller and Disability Coordinator Jodi Park proudly carried
the TE '03 banner through downtown San Antonio during the Americans
with Disabilities Act parade in July. They joined hundreds in celebrating
the 12th anniversary of the passage of the ADA. At the rally, Gary
shared the message of the TE '03 expedition, that the potential
of all people with disabilities is unlimited. The event drew local
television news and press coverage.
President George W. Bush Proclamation, July 26, 2002:
The Americans with
Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) is one of the most compassionate
and successful civil rights laws in American history. In the 12
years since President George H. W. Bush signed the ADA into law,
more people with disabilities are participating fully in our society
than ever before. As we mark this important anniversary, we celebrate
the positive effect this landmark legislation has had upon our Nation,
and we recognize the important influence it has had in improving
employment opportunities, government services, public accommodations,
transportation, and telecommunications for those with disabilities.
with disabilities enjoy greatly improved access to countless facets
of life; but more work needs to be done. We must continue to build
on the important foundations established by the ADA. Too many Americans
with disabilities remain isolated, dependent, and deprived of the
tools they need to enjoy all that our Nation has to offer.
will continue to enforce the Americans with Disabilities Act, and
we will work with businesses and State and local governments to
increase partnerships that promote the purposes of the ADA. Together,
we are working for a day when all people with disabilities are able
to live and work with dignity, freedom, and independence and realize
their potential as fully integrated members of our society.