Today, the Epilepsy Foundation joins its partners in the disability, health, and civil rights communities in a celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As Epilepsy Foundation leaders and advocates from across the country join in many events and hearings hosted by congressional leaders, the Foundation launches a new Web section www.epilepsyfoundation.org/ADA20 that chronicles this historic legislation that benefits the nearly
50 million Americans living with disabilities.
Included in this new Web section are historical documents and resources on the ADA and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. The Web section features videos, a timeline of the ADA, and copies of the Epilepsy Spokesman articles about the passage of the law from 1990.
Experience key statements by Epilepsy Foundation Leadership:
View a podcast with ADA author and Epilepsy Foundation Advocate, Tony Coelho: http://epilepsyfoundation.org/advocacy/ada_restoration/ADA_podcasts.cfm
Hear Foundation National Board Chair Joyce Bender discuss the history and importance of the ADA with Tony Coelho on her radio show, Disability Matters: http://epilepsyfoundation.org/advocacy/ada_restoration/celebrating-20-years-of-ada.cfm
View a video message by National Board Chair Joyce Bender and read the statement by Acting CEO and Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs, Alexandra (Sandy) Finucane: http://epilepsyfoundation.org/advocacy/ada_restoration/ADA_Statement.cfm
When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they have epilepsy, which affects nearly 3 million people in the United States and 40 to 50 million people worldwide. This year, another 200,000 people in our country will be diagnosed with epilepsy. To date, there is no known cure.
About the Epilepsy Foundation
The Epilepsy Foundation, a national nonprofit with affiliated organizations throughout the United States, has led the fight against epilepsy since 1967. The Foundation’s goals are to ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; improve how people with epilepsy are perceived, accepted and valued in society; and promote research for a cure. For additional information, please visit www.epilepsyfoundation.org.