Press Release ● Science and Technology
For Immediate Release: 
October 8, 2010
Contact Info: 

Katie Grant

WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Obama signed the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act into law: 
“The promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act was to open the doors of opportunity in a country that prides itself on being the land of opportunity. Twenty years after the passage of the ADA, major advancements in technology now provide opportunities for greater accessibility – and pose new challenges - for individuals with hearing or visual impairments. The Internet is an essential medium for communications, whether for employment purposes or leisure. The enactment of this legislation today is a significant step forward to ensure that Americans with disabilities can more fully participate in society and enjoy all that new technologies have to offer, especially Internet-based and mobile services.

“On Tuesday, President Obama also signed Rosa’s Law, which removes the term ‘mental retardation’ from federal education, labor and health laws, and instead uses the term ‘intellectual disability.’  I am a longtime supporter of the Special Olympics, Best Buddies and countless other organizations which work to ensure a more inclusive society for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  I applaud the President for taking us one step closer to the day when individuals around the world will not feel stigmatized, but welcomed because of their talents and contributions to society.”