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Attorney General Koster applauds 25th year anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

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Attorney General Chris Koster joins millions of Americans on Sunday, July 26 in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In 1990, congress responded to calls from the disabilities rights community demanding the removal of longstanding barriers.

The ADA strengthened and expanded then-existing federal regulations, cementing a commitment to citizens with disabilities nationwide by confirming their rights to the same access to public accommodations, the same opportunities for employment, and the same engagement with government enjoyed as a matter of course by others.

"The past quarter century has seen impressive progress for disability rights, but it is incumbent upon us all that we see these 25 years as only the beginning," Koster said.

"For the more than one million Missourians living with disabilities, access to the basic elements of a self-reliant and publicly engaged life must not be dictated by circumstances of physical or mental disabilities."

Koster created the Attorney General's Disability Advocacy Roundtable in 2010 to listen to stakeholders in the disability rights community and learn firsthand about the challenges these individuals face on a daily basis.

Koster has helped pass a rule through his position on the Missouri Housing Development Commission that new rental construction built through the MHDC will set aside units for those with disabilities.

The Attorney General's Office has also recently set up a website resource for people with disabilities, anyone interested can visit http://ago.mo.gov/missouri-law/disability-rights.

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