The American Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law that was enacted in 1990. The ADA prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, ensuring that they receive equitable access to services, including -but not limited to- transportation, government services and employment.
Easterseals CEO Angela Williams wrote an op-ed this week that was published by The Hill. In her piece, Ms. Williams makes the case that COVID-19 has highlighted disparities in healthcare access faced by individuals with disabilities. This issue is compounded by the fact that many individuals with disabilities are more vulnerable to COVID. Ms. Williams argues that “While the ADA assures people with disabilities equitable physical access to health care facilities, it does not assure health equity.”
Ms. Williams cites IMD CEO Dr. Suzet McKinney in her op-ed, based on Dr. McKinney’s two decades of public health expertise. You can read the entire op-ed here.