On June 10, 2015 the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the need for improved access at federal facilities.Hundreds of MS activists contacted their members of Congress to bring awareness to this important access issue around World MS Day and encouraged them to pass the resolution. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a lead-sponsor of the bill, released the following press release in support of the passage:
BLUMENTHAL, ADVOCATES APPLAUD SENATE PASSAGE OF RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING THE NEED FOR IMPROVED DISABLED ACCESS AT FEDERAL FACILITIES
Resolution Authored By Sen. Blumenthal Clears Senate Unanimously
(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) applauded unanimous Senate passage of a resolution he introduced to recognize the necessity of improving access at federal facilities. This resolution is supported by national disability advocacy groups, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Connecticut Coalition for Equal Access, and The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
“This measure will ensure that we continue to fulfill promises to those in the disability community,” said Senator Blumenthal. “It is crucial that individuals with disabilities are not prevented from utilizing government buildings or resources – our action on this is a measure of how good we are as a civilized society.”
“In 2015, as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ADA, it is fitting that we recognize the need to keep up with current technology where, in this case, the provision of power doors goes a long way toward providing equal and dignified access to Federal and federally overseen facilities,” said Keith Mullinar, Co-Chair of the Connecticut Coalition for Equal Access. “Doorways should never be a barrier.”
"The National Multiple Sclerosis Society thanks Senators Blumenthal, Ayotte and Murphy and Representative Esty for their leadership for people with disabilities during this 25th anniversary year of the life-changing Americans with Disabilities Act,” said Bari Talente, Executive Vice President of Advocacy, National MS Society. “This resolution rightly recognizes that while we have made great strides in making communities and our nation more accessible, we cannot stop until all Americans including those with disabilities have equal access and equal opportunity.”
Co-sponsors of the resolution include U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.); U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-Conn.) introduced the House companion.