On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure the civil rights of people with disabilities. This legislation established a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities as Public Law 101-336.
The ADA expanded opportunities for Americans with disabilities by reducing barriers, changing perceptions, and increasing full participation in community life. However, the full promise of the ADA will only be reached if public entities remain committed in their efforts to fully implement the ADA.
Working towards that goal, on April 12, 2006, our Administration issued Executive Memorandum 06-02 which reaffirms that the State of Hawaii, as an employer and operator of government services, will continue to meet the needs and civil rights of individuals with disabilities.
The Disability and Communication Access Board (DCAB), as the ADA Coordinator for the Executive Branch of State government, developed and implemented uniform policies concerning implementation and compliance with the ADA, and continues efforts for overall State ADA compliance and coordination.
On the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we celebrate and recognize the progress made under the ADA by reaffirming the principles of equality and inclusion and recommitting our efforts to reach full ADA compliance.
THEREFORE, I, LINDA LINGLE, Governor, and I, JAMES R. “DUKE” AIONA, JR., Lieutenant Governor of the State of Hawaii, do hereby celebrate July 26, 2010 as
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT RECOGNITION DAY
in Hawaii in recognition of the achievements we have made to improve and enhance accessibility for individuals with disabilities to use programs and services of government, and rededicate ourselves to continue working towards full inclusion of individuals with disabilities into the community.
DONE at the State Capitol, in the Executive Chambers, Honolulu, State of Hawaii, this thirteenth day of July 2010.
Linda Lingle James R. “Duke” Aiona, Jr.
Governor, State of Hawaii Lieutenant Governor, State of Hawaii