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Capitol Commentary by U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack

Congressman Dave Loebsack -- CROPPEDU.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack
Iowa’s Second Congressional District

 

Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  This milestone law prohibits discrimination on the basis of physical or mental disability, and grants overdue rights and opportunities to people who historically had been treated as second-class citizens.

I know how critical the support services created by the ADA are to families living with disabilities. The ADA was an important first step, but far too often people with disabilities still face discrimination and prejudice.  That is why I am a proud cosponsor of the IDEA Full Funding Act, which would ensure that special education is funded appropriately, and the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, which would allow individuals with disabilities to create their own special needs trusts through Medicaid.  Currently, only a grandparent, parent or legal guardian can set up this trust, even though they use the individuals own money.  This must be changed to empower the individual.

Please know that I am committed to ensuring that people with disabilities have the opportunity to live productive, happy, fulfilling lives, and I look forward to staying in touch about this important topic.