The Next 25 Years of the ADA

The Honorable Thomas E. Perez
U.S. Secretary of Labor

Invites you to
Commemorating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

DATE: Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
(Reception with light refreshments to follow)

PLACE: U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20210

Live streaming is available at

The Honorable Senator Harkin (Ret.) authored many important pieces of legislation and one of his signature achievements was the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Senator Harkin stated, “One of my proudest moments came in 1990 when legislation I wrote and introduced to give comprehensive civil rights to people with disabilities was signed into law and became known as the Americans with Disabilities Act. The issue was particularly important to me because my brother Frank was deaf since childhood and I saw firsthand the challenges that face Americans with disabilities every day.” The ADA has helped promote the goals of equal opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for all individuals with disabilities.

Governor Markell continues to champion the ADA by creating employment opportunities. As Chair of the National Governors Association he authored A Better Bottom Line: Employing Individuals with Disabilities. This report remains a blueprint for states on how to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Governor Markell’s leadership on this issue is essential to realizing the full promise of the ADA.