Nation marks Disabilities Act's 20th anniversary

July 23, 2010

It was considered to be groundbreaking legislation when it was passed. But as the nation prepares to recognize this milestone, a new survey finds that the law has not made meaningful progress in improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

The report found the disabled still lag in key areas such as employment, access to health care and socializing.

The survey was conducted by the Kessler Foundation/National Organization on Disability.

A different survey by one of the crafters of the original law found that two-thirds of people with disabilities feel the law has been the most significant influence on their lives in the past two decades, and that the greatest improvements have come in access for the disabled to public places, transportation and public awareness.

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