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Their Voice: The Americans With Disabilities Act has brought progress in its 25 years

UTAH COUNTY – Things have changed in the last quarter century — throughout the United States and in Utah County — as the Americans With Disabilities Act has affected the nation’s laws and attitudes.

In 1990, U.S. senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) used sign language to present a speech from the Senate floor. Harkin sponsored the bill and had learned from his brother who is deaf.

“People should be judged on the basis of their abilities and not on the basis of their disabilities,” he told the senators.

Read the full story at heraldextra.com