Thank you, President George H.W. Bush

Posted by Reeve Staff in Daily Dose on December 01, 2018 # Advocacy and Policy

The entire Reeve Foundation extends its deepest sympathies on the passing of President George H.W. Bush.

In 1990, with the stroke of his pen, President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law which has since served as the cornerstone of civil rights for the 56.7 million Americans living with disabilities.

Ramps, curb cuts, increased parking, an elevator at a train station, accessible bathroom stalls, wider entrances and hallways, all of these represent the ADA and how it has transformed our environment and surroundings. There are also many pillars of the ADA that are not visible to the eye but afford greater independence and quality of life for our community.

By all accounts, it was and still is a landmark legislation, recognizing that everyone deserves equal opportunities and equal access in all aspects of society.

While there were many advocates who pushed the ADA to the forefront of legislation, there was one man who brought it to life, President George H.W. Bush. He said signing the ADA was one of his greatest achievements while in office and we at the Reeve Foundation certainly agree.

In 2015, the Reeve Foundation honored President Bush with the Christopher Reeve Spirit of Courage Award to acknowledge his steadfast support of the disability community.

At the signing of the ADA, President Bush said, “Every man, woman, and child with a disability (to) now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence, and freedom.”

While there is certainly more we need to accomplish to achieve a world free of all virtual and physical barriers, the ADA sparked a new era in our community’s pursuit of absolute equality and we will be forever grateful to President Bush for his tremendous leadership.


Peter T. Wilderotter

President & CEO

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

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