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tv   President Biden Delivers Remarks on Disabilities Act  CSPAN  July 26, 2021 11:17am-11:45am EDT

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70% earlier this month, but white house officials sharing via twitter that they are encouraged by the uptake they have seen in the last few days of the americans who were getting vaccinated, so they are suggesting they had reason to believe there is some progress being made on the number of vaccinations as a focus on this issue brings back up in the national media and also from experts and officials. host: i was going to say that uptick, did they attribute it to the recent announcement they made as far as stepping up their efforts to educate more people about the vaccine? ♪
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v.p. harris: good morning, everyone. please have a seat. well, july 26, 1990, was indeed an historic day. on that day, the americans with disabilities act was signed into
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law. on that day, america became better because we know an accessible america is a better america. speaker nancy pelosi, leader kevin mccarthy, chairman pat lakey, senator bob casey, thank you all for your leadership. sandy, i am getting to you in a second. for being here today. looking out, i see so many who helped make the ada real. the activists gave everything they had to fight for that bill, the advocates who helped to shape the bill title by title. the policymakers who worked tirelessly to pass it, including, of course, our own president, joe biden. [applause]
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house majority leader steny hoyer. [applause] and congressman tony gwynn love -- tony quayle. thank you, all. every day, and in every community, lives of the american people are better because of the work you all did. when people can ride a bus because they have a lift, when they can enter a building because it has a ramp, when they can watch a movie with closed captions, when a student with a disability goes to school instead of discrimination, gets support, that is the 88 inaction -- the ada in action. the ada gives all americans an
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opportunity to fully participate in our democracy and our society. the ada gives all americans the opportunity to determine their own future. self-determination, which i believe the government must facilitate. that is the impact of the ada, and, after all, the promise of america. at the same time, truth must be told. the ada was a very important beginning, but there is still so much work to be done. [applause] both on enforcement and future legislation. and that is why i am so heartened to see the generations of leaders who are here and remain committed to doing this work.
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in fact, earlier this month, i met with several leaders of the disability community who were fighting for voting rights. and they told me about the obstacles voters with visible and invisible disabilities face in casting a ballot. long lines, rickety ramps, broken elevators, tables that are either too high or too low. complications with voting assistance. the list goes on and on. one of the leaders, in fact, said to me, vice president, equity cannot be achieved without disability being part of the equation. this is the fight that is a civil-rights fight, it is about equity, and whether or not we are truly committed to the principles of equity in every way that we have government and as a society can enforce those important principles.
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as we all know, that truth is not just about voting. it is also about employment, it is about an education, starting with pre-k. it is about being able to leave -- live in your home and participate in your community, which is why they must invest in in-home and community-based services. [applause] folks, here's the bottom line, the president and i will continue to fight with you to make america more accessible for all people. this work is urgent, and the reason we do it is obviously important because every person in our country deserves the opportunity to dream with ambition, to have choices, to shape their own future unencumbered by any barrier, free from any obstacle because
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this, as we know, is the very definition of self-determination, and this is united states of america, so, thank you for your courage and your commitment. now, it is my great honor to introduce a person, a leader who exemplifies all of that. tyree brown is an artist who lives in maryland, focused on building a future of her own design. i am right phot to her for her extraordinary leadership and that she is here with us today. please welcome her. [applause] ms. brown: hello, everyone. it is a pleasure to be here.
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i am a 26-year-old christian artist living in maryland with faith in jesus christ. i was in a car accident that rendered me quadriplegic. art and faith has always been a prominent part of my life, but everything changed after my injury. i could no longer walk or use my dominant right hand. i was sent to national rehab hospital, and then to a nursing home, back to rehab, only to go back to the nursing home where i stayed another 10 months. i was away from my home for over a year. while in a nursing home, a program called money follows the person intervened, which the president supports investing more funding in. the home and community-based waiver program that helps those who choose to be home in their communities by supplying durable medical equipment, home modifications, and home health care services, a program that is
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made possible by the ada. this program made it possible for my mother, hi come along ---- hi, mom --to be my full time aide, where i received careful of love and grace. i want to thank president biden, vice president harris, and the biting at mr. risch and for being advocates for the disability community -- and the biden administration for being advocates for the disability community. ok. [applause] and this will directly, positively impact my mother, she is my aide. moving forward, my goal is to be able to access affordable accessible housing to live on my own more independently. i have been on the waiting list for three years, but i hope to
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moved to my own place soon. i am now home with my family and working as a freelance visual artist. i received my associates degree at the corcoran college, across the street from here. i exhibited my work at the corcoran's next exhibition and a raw showcase exhibition. i attend a church where i volunteer in the reading of the bible for my pastor, pastor hughes. i am also a new volunteer with the disability partnerships, a nonprofit organization that aims to support individuals with his abilities, like myself. i am also a newly born member of a nonprofit organization. because of the ada, i was provided with numerous services, like the money follows the person program. the ada pushed for a more inclusive environment for wheelchair users, like making more public holdings and more public transportation wheelchair accessible.
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the ada pushed for wheelchair cut out, curved spaces, which made it possible for me to get around to my community. i was worried i would not be able to live independently and pursue my dreams of being an artist, but, now, there are programs that are helping me achieve my goals. it is thanks to the ada, which paved the way for me, with this. for the president biden. -- the. or to president biden. thank you for advocating for the disability community and celebrating the 31st anniversary of the ada. i am honored to be here and introduce president joe biden. [applause] pres. biden: madam vice president, tyree, you are an inspiration. thank you for sharing your story. 31 years ago today, on the south
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lawn of the white house, president george h.w. bush signed the americans with disabilities act. he was surrounded by disability advocates and bipartisan members of the united states congress, just as we are today. speaker pelosi -- welcome, by the way, madam speaker. chairman leahy. leader mccarthy. senator casey. congressman scott. congressman -- where is he? there you are, paul. you understand this better than anybody. i want to thank you all for your work. and i want to thank you all for being here. by the way, where is mom? is she here? oh, she's watching. she said mom was out there -- i was going to ask mom to stand up. but folks, thank you for what you have done. [applause]
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the second gentleman is here as well, thank you for being with us as well. and some of the same folks who fought so hard for this landmark legislation are with us today. i just got off the phone with one of them, a guy named tom harkin. two days ago, i was on the phone with one who just had his 90th birthday, bob dole -- 98th birthday, bob dole. others were not able to join us today but were instrumental in bringing this to life, dear friends like tom harkin and bob dole. i also spoke -- as i said, bob is one of the past -- tom said he was working on ada, did not say exactly what you are still others here in spirit with us, like ted kennedy and countless
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other advocates. i was a normatively proud to be a cosponsor of the ada, as pat leahy was as well, if i am not mistaken, as a member of the united states senate. i am proud to be here today as president, alongside so many fearless champions, who represent the ongoing legacy of this law, from the foundations to its future. 31 years ago, after its passage, many americans have never lived in a world without the ada. generations have grown up not knowing a time before it existed. that many of us can still recall in america where a person with disabilities was denied service in restaurants and grocery stores, and could be. where a person using a wheelchair could not ride in a train or take a bus to work or school. or an employer could refuse to hire you because of a disability. an america that was not built for all americans. then we passed the ada and made a commitment to build a nation
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for all of us. all of us. we moved america closer to fulfilling that promise of liberty and justice, and maybe, most importantly, dignity and equality for all. and, you know, perhaps most importantly, we did it together. this was a democratic bill signed by republican president, a product of passion and compassion, not partisanship. progress that was not political but personal to millions of families. i will never forget the moment the ada passed. you may remember, pat. standing on the floor of the united states senate, and tom harkin sought recognition. he rose. in the first time in history that i am aware of, the united states senate -- he stood up and signed, in a speech, to his brother. tom wanted to send a message to millions -- wasn't sending a
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message to millions of deaf and hard of hearing folks. he was signing a personal message to his brother. it was personal to bob dole as well, who lost hearing in and year after an injury that lasted an entire lifetime. like so many americans come he turned his disability, his apparent limitation, integrated purpose and will. he made -- into greater purpose and will. he made this into a lifelong cause. for more than 60 million americans living with disabilities, the ada is so much more than a law. it's respect and dignity, a bulwark against discrimination and a path to independence. for our nation, the ada is more than a lot law as well. it is testament to our character as a people, our character as americans. it is a triumph of american
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values. and of course, this law did not bring an end to the work we need to do. too many americans still face barriers to equality. but thanks to this movement, we are once again making progress together. in my first day in office, i was proud to sign an executive order establishing a governmentwide commitment to advancing equity, including people with disabilities. [applause] and i was proud to appoint the first-ever white house disability policy director, kim noxon. where are you? [applause] [cheers] thank you, kim. and i am assuring that the dignity and rights of americans are lifted up and every policy we pursue, from continuing to make sure that this
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administration looks like america, appointing people with disabilities to positions across the government. in the american rescue plan, we are able to include substantial support for schools to better serve students with disabilities , in expanding access to vaccines for disabled americans. as part of my build back better plan, we proposed $400 billion to expand access to home and community-based care. helping people with disabilities and older adults living -- to live independently. i am glad that congress is able to start moving on the better jobs, better care act, which builds on that effort. this past year, the entire nation saw just how vital our caregivers are and how critical home-based care truly is. many americans-- for so many americans. this legislation will ensure caregivers are fully compensated for their work.
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[applause] in addition, i also called on congress to eliminate the discriminatory subminimum wage provision that, too often, key people with disabilities from getting good jobs with fair wages. because of additional executive orders i've signed, we are working to remove areas the holdback disabled americans from exercising their sacred right to vote. and we are ensuring that the federal government is a model employer when it comes to wages, accommodations, and opportunities to advance people with disabilities. that is a firm commitment. and today, finally, i am proud to announce a new effort, the first of its kind, top americans grappling with long-term effects of covid-19 that doctors call long covid. many americans who seemingly recover from the virus still face lingering challenges, like breathing problems, brain fog, chronic pain or fatigue. these conditions can sometimes
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rise to the level of a disability. so we are bringing agencies together to make sure americans with long covid, who have a disability, have access to the rights and resources that are due under the disability law, which includes accommodations and services in the workplace and school and our health care system. so they can live their lives in dignity and get the support they need as they continue to navigate these challenges. we made important progress, but we still have work to do. we have to keep going to ensure every single american has a chance to contribute their talent and thrive and succeed. and i know that today's fearless advocates, some of whom are with us today, will accomplish incredible things. people like -- excuse me. people like mr. toole. where are you?
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thank you. thank you, thank you, thank you. thank you for your continued efforts to build an america for everyone. and as i said, you courageous advocates who led the way 31 years ago, a long time before the foundation for progress was strong enough -- it is part of the moral bedrock of our nation. and something every american should be proud of. now it is my honor to sign the proclamation, on the 31st anniversary of the ada. i want to thank you all. may god bless you, and all of you dealing with disabilities, you are an inspiration to all of us. i really mean it. may god bless you all, and may god protect our troops. and i will walk over and sign this. i will invite up, though. nancy, come on up.
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steny, i think we ought to get you up here. tony wallace -- pat, you were there at the time. get your rear end up in that appear -- up here. [laughter] the leader's taking his camera. because pat would rather use his camera rather than anything else, i think. come on. tony, you get in the back, here. you were a big, big, gigantic part of this. all right. the anniversary of the americans with disabilities act, 2021. [applause]
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madam speaker. i want to make sure i got all of it. ♪ thank you, everybody. let's keep it going. [applause] ♪ >> mr. president, would it be helpful for employers to made a vaccines? >> mr. president, do we have to get unvaccinated americans vaccinated? pres. biden: we have to. >> how? ♪
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