Legislation: The Americans With Disabilities Act
July 26,1990


Senator Dole's leadership on behalf of disabled Americans began with his first speech in the Senate on April 14, 1969, the anniversary of his wounding in WWII. His dedication to people living with disabilities continued in 1983, with the creation of the Dole Foundation, to encourage nationwide employment programs for people with disabilities. His crowning achievement, however, was in orchestrating the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act to finally provide basic civil rights protection to 43 million disabled citizens.