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Professor Michael Schwartz Reflects on the ADA@30 for WAER

Posted on Thursday 7/30/2020
Michael Schwartz

SU Disability Rights Clinic Director Reflects on the ADA 30 Years Later

(WAER | July 29, 2020) The Director of the Disability Rights Clinic at Syracuse University’s Office of Clinical Legal Education says the American’s with Disabilities Act has helped.  

However, he says we still have a long way to go.  Over the weekend marked the 30th Anniversary of the ADA. Michael Schwartz is a Supervising Attorney and a Professor. In terms of securing employment for those with disabilities, the unemployment rate remains at 1990 levels of 70%. 

Although, he says the ADA has altered perceptions and led to massive changes.

“… But, in terms of changing people’s attitudes and gaining the ability to ask for access to government services, to private businesses open to the public, like doctors and lawyers (it has).”

Schwartz is deaf himself and spoke to us through his interpreter and wife, Trisha.  He’s heard frequently at the clinic from individuals who have had difficulty finding legal representation ...

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