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Iowa Senator Tom Harkin talks about the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act which was signed into law in 1990. Senator Harkin was the sponsor of the bill in Congress and was instrumental in gaining bipartisan support for it. The law has transformed life for Americans with disabilities.

Source-Dependent Questions

  • Senator Harkin lists many ways the Americans with Disabilities Act has changed life in the United States. What do you think are the most significant in your community? How could you find out?
  • How did Senator Harkin describe the effort it took to get the ADA passed? Why do you think he would put in so much effort for so long?
  • Think of an example or two of how the Americans with Disabilities Act expanded access to rights? Give some examples from your own school/community.

Citation Information

Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary, 2005. C-SPAN.