Despite the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) more than 30 years ago, much work remains to be done to ensure easy and safe physical access for all. The evidence lies in the bills and resolutions introduced thus far in state legislatures from Hawaii to New Jersey. At the Federal level, two bills and resolutions regarding the disabled have also been introduced.
In the states, pending bills focus on requiring adherence to the ADA, appropriating funds to modify public spaces for disability accommodations and amending procurement regulations regarding accessibility requirements in contracts. Resolutions proposed in the US Congress and states recommit to promoting and ensuring disability rights. A US House bill dubbed the ACCESS Act calls for the development of a program to educate State and local governments and property owners on “effective and efficient strategies for promoting access to public accommodations for persons with a disability.