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THE FUTURE OF THE ADA AND THE EMPLOYMENT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
The Honorable Steny H. Hoyer, House Democratic Whip had the honor of delivering the Inaugural Tony Coelho Lecture In Disability Employment Law and Policy for New York Law School's The Labor & Employment Law program on Thursday 10/21/04. Titled "The Future of the ADA and the Employment of People with Disabilities" reviews the current status and future prospects for the ADA from his perspective as one of the members of Congress who helped deliver the ADA to theAmerican people in 1990.
In his talk, Representative Hoyer called upon Congress to reassert the original intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which he charged was misinterpreted by the courts to dilute our civil rights. However, he noted thatthe current mood of Congress is hostile to this idea, and any changes can only come about as a result of a carefullyworked out strategy. Mr. Hoyer noted,
"As Al Hunt, the respected columnist for the Wall Street Journal, pointed out in a recent column: 'If you are blind, deaf, or in a wheelchair, the stakes on November 2nd are enormous.... The clearest evidence of that is the certainty that our next President will make crucial appointments to the federal bench, including possibly several appointments to the Supreme Court."
Hoyer's speech is downloadable at:
Audio File: http://www.nyls.edu/pages/2786.asp