Tomorrow, we celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a landmark civil rights law that has helped remove countless barriers for Americans with disabilities. It has made workplaces, schools, courtrooms, and restaurants accessible to people who previously could not get through the door. It has changed our national consciousness and made our state a more welcoming place.
But like all civil rights laws, the ADA is an unfinished promise. We have much more work to do to make opportunities in our Commonwealth available to all.
As a leader in the Attorney General’s Office, I fought hard to ensure that Massachusetts residents with disabilities were able to access education, employment, housing, transportation, and places of public accommodation. I achieved landmark agreements with Apple, Monster.com, and three national movie theater chains to make technology, websites, and entertainment accessible to those with disabilities. I also took action against landlords, employers, and storeowners who failed to meet their responsibilities to people with disabilities.
As Attorney General, I will continue to make the ADA’s protections real for all Massachusetts residents. I will advocate for inclusive technology in our workplaces and classrooms. I will ensure that people with disabilities are able to obtain health care and housing. I will improve employment opportunities and ensure access to places of public accommodation. And I will lead the way by making the Attorney General’s Office a model — investing in trainings, recruiting workers with disabilities, and prioritizing disability rights work throughout the Office’s many divisions.
A society is stronger and richer if it includes everyone. That’s what I will fight for as your next Attorney General.
Thank you for joining me in this effort,
P.S. To learn more about my experience and independent vision for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, please visit www.maurahealey.com.