“I am delighted to participate in the EEOC’s celebration of this important milestone – the 20th anniversary of our landmark civil rights law, the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA has dramatically changed the lives of people with disabilities over the past twenty years, opening up new opportunities to work, attend school, live independently and participate as full citizens in our society. Thanks to the ADA, all Americans have benefited from the talents and contributions of people with disabilities.”
“Much work remains to be done, however. Too many people with disabilities are eager to work but still excluded from our workforce. Our workplaces need these individuals in order to flourish. I am proud to have been part of a collaboration between disability and business leaders who came together to press for legislation to restore the ADA’s protections after they were cut back by the courts. The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. Congress recognized that discrimination has no place in a healthy workplace. I look forward to the EEOC issuing regulations that will strengthen our workforce by strengthening protections for people with disabilities.”
Andrew J. Imparato is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). AAPD is a national, non-profit, non-partisan membership organization of people with disabilities, their families and supporters. Founded in 1995, this organization promotes the economic and political empowerment of people with disabilities in the United States. In 2008, Imparato co-led a coalition of more than 200 disability, civil rights and employer organizations to enact the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act. Prior to joining AAPD, Imparato was general counsel and director of policy for the National Council on Disability, an attorney advisor to EEOC Commissioner Paul Steven Miller, counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy, chaired by Senator Tom Harkin, and a staff attorney/Skadden Fellow with the Disability Law Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Imparato graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School and is a summa cum laude graduate of Yale College. Imparato’s perspective is informed by his personal experience with bipolar disorder.