Congressman Cohen Presides at a Hearing on Oversight of the Americans With Disabilities Act

October 20, 2021
Press Release
Highlights need for greater integration

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, today presided at a hearing on “Oversight of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990: The Current State of Integration of People with Disabilities.”

In his opening statement, Chairman Cohen said:

     “Hailed by many as the most significant and comprehensive civil rights statute since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans Disabilities Act of 1990 was enacted with overwhelming bipartisan support.…”

      “The ADA has improved the lives of millions of individuals with disabilities by explicitly prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability and by providing standards and legal recourse for confronting such discrimination when it occurs.

     “While the nation has made progress in the last 31 years towards achieving the ADA’s goals of ending discrimination against -- and segregation of -- people with disabilities, the law has yet to achieve its full promise.  Indeed, we could devote numerous hearings to many different aspects of the ADA and the various remaining barriers that prevent disabled persons from enjoying the full blessings of American life.”

See Chairman Cohen’s full opening statement here.

Witnesses at today’s hearing were:

Ms. Michelle Bishop, Voter Access & Engagement Manager, National Disability Rights Network;

Ms. Karen R. Harned, Executive Director, National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Legal Center;

Ms. Regina Kline, Esq., Founder and CEO, SmartJob, LLC:

Ms. Patricia Lee, Lumberton, North Carolina.