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Latino Daily News

Tuesday July 26, 2011

“Americans With Disabilities Act” 21 Years Later, Kathy Martinez’ Story (VIDEO)

“Americans With Disabilities Act” 21 Years Later, Kathy Martinez’ Story  (VIDEO)

Photo: Kathy Martinez, executive director of the World Institute on Disability

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Watch disability rights advocate Kathy Martínez of Berkeley, California explain how the law has helped people with disabilities in our nation, and hear her point out the difficulties still to overcome.

Today, twenty one years ago, the “Americans With Disabilities Act” was signed, protecting the 36 million people with disabilities in the U.S.

This afternoon, a coalition of disability groups is rallying together to protest sub-minimum wage jobs for those with disabilities, which they say U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk supports. Disabled Americans Want Work Now (DAWWN) and the National Federation of the Blind will protest from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Federal Building in Chicago.

Kathy Martínez was nominated by President Obama for assistant secretary for the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

Martínez, who has been blind since birth, is the executive director of the World Institute on Disability (WID), where she specializes in employment, asset building, independent living, international development, and diversity and gender issues of populations with disabilities; her impressive résumé includes Proyecto Visión, WID’s National Technical Assistance Center to increase employment opportunities for Latinos with disabilities in the United States, and Access to Assets, an asset-building project to help reduce poverty among people with disabilities.