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President George H.W. Bush Calls Americans with Disabilities Act One of His ‘Proudest Achievements’


July 20, 2015, New York, NY – In anticipation of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) is releasing a new video featuring a rare and recent interview with President George H.W. Bush, who signed the ADA into law in July 1990. For 25 years, the ADA has removed barriers and empowered people, promoting equality for Americans with disabilities. In the video, hosted by NOD Chairman Tom Ridge, the first U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, President Bush, NOD’s Honorary Chairman, calls the ADA among his ‘proudest achievements’ as President of the United States.

Image of Gov. Tom Ridge, NOD President Carol Glazer, and President George H.W. Bush Seated in his Office
Image of Gov. Tom Ridge, NOD President Carol Glazer, and President George H.W. Bush Seated in his Office


“President Bush would be the first to tell you that it took the hard work and creative energy of many people to pass the ADA – and he would be right,” said Gov. Ridge. “But the fact is that without his leadership, personal commitment and political know-how, the ADA would not have become law 25 years ago. It was an honor to have cast a ‘yes’ vote in favor of the ADA as a member of Congress and I am delighted this video will serve to remind Americans about the progress that has been made since that time, and the work before us for the coming years.”

The nearly six-minute video features archival footage and photography of the many Americans who fought so hard for the ADA’s passage. In response to a question from Gov. Ridge about how the President’s administration galvanized bipartisan support for the ADA, President Bush agreed that factor was crucial to the legislation’s success. “If it had just been one party, it would have been less effective,” President Bush said. “It’s something I’m very proud of – perhaps proudest of when I was President.”

Image of President George H.W. Bush and Gov. Tom Ridge Shaking Hands
Image of President George H.W. Bush and Gov. Tom Ridge Shaking Hands


In support of this historical anniversary, NOD is making the video available to be shown at major ADA celebrations, including a special showing at one of the largest gatherings on July 27th in Washington, D.C., hosted by the National Disability Leadership Alliance, with appearances by current and former members of Congress.

“It is particularly meaningful to me that so many of the organizations who were instrumental in the ADA’s passage will be part of the celebrations of its 25th anniversary,” said President Bush. “It simply would not have happened without them all. And I want to especially thank Tom Ridge who has personally invested so much of his time and singular leadership in the issue of disability.”

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Image of Toys February 26, 2015, New York, NY – The National Organization on Disability today announced that Jeff Kellan, VP, Supply Chain Operations, Toys“R”Us, Inc. has been elected to its Board of Directors. The unanimous vote came at NOD’s Board of Directors meeting yesterday afternoon.

“We are pleased to welcome Jeff, a distinguished and accomplished professional, to NOD’s board,” said Gov. Tom Ridge, Chairman of NOD. “Jeff offers unique and personal experiences in disability employment. We are delighted to bring his expertise and perspective to the board, and we thank him for his commitment and continued service to the disability community.”

At Toys“R”Us, Inc., Kellan is responsible for managing global transportation, retail and e-commerce distribution, and oversees how the company’s merchandise is acquired, transported and stored across the supply chain. He also oversees U.S. distribution and fulfillment.

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