President Obama Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the ADA

President Obama Celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the ADA


♪ (music plays) ♪ Haben Girma: I hope to use
the technology to help teach others that technology can
bridge the gap for people with disabilities. And as Internet services
open more opportunities for people, we’re going to
see more people with disabilities employed
and succeeding. Haben Girma: I prefer
real hugs to typed hugs. (laughter) The President: Thanks to
the ADA, the places that comprise our shared American
life — schools, workplaces, movie theaters, courthouses,
buses, baseball stadiums, national parks — they
truly belong to everyone. This is my first
in line, here? Male Speaker: This
is Alice Wong. Alice Wong: Hey. Hello. The President: We’re having
a great celebration. I want to thank you
for your leadership. Alice Wong: I’m
honored to be here. I wanted to be part of this. The President: I hope you
know that you’ve got a friend in the White House,
who’s going to be fighting every day to continue to
make the advancements that we’re talking about. Alice Wong: Thank you so
much for everything you’ve done for Americans
with disabilities. Haben Girma: Hello. It’s good to meet you. I was chatting with Valerie
Jarrett earlier, and we were wondering if you can
type as fast as she can. (laughter) Haben Girma: Your
typing is pretty good. My dad types
with two fingers. (laughter) Haben Girma: You’re
typing with two fingers? The President: I’m going to
type a little faster now. I’m embarrassed. (laughter) Female Speaker: Alice, show
the President what you can do with the machine. The President: Alice, are
you going to move up a little bit here? There you go. (laughter) Alice Wong: To the left. The President: To the left. To the right. Alice Wong: To the right. The President: We could
do a little dance. Alice Wong: Absolutely. Male Speaker: To
your left, now. There we go. The President:
How cool is that? Male Speaker: And then
right this way, sir. Male Speaker: (inaudible) The President: Millions of
Americans with disabilities have had the chance to
develop their talents, to make their unique
contributions to the world. And thanks to them, America
is stronger and more vibrant. It is a better country
because of the ADA. That’s what this
law has achieved. (applause) ♪ (music plays) ♪

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