Disability rights advocates celebrate inclusion of ADA in Civil Rights Summit

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Disability rights advocates who championed to be included as a a part of the Civil Rights Summit celebrated a victory Tuesday afternoon. The advocates said they’re happy to be included as a part of the panels.

Groups across the nation were angry that disability rights were not initially included in any of the Civil Rights panels.

There will now be discussions including People with Disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

“It’s because of inclusion. It’s because of equality. It’s because of acceptance. Those are the things that were the base key principals of the Civil Rights,” said Regina Blye, the Executive Director of the Texas State Independent Living Council.

“We wanted to make sure that it doesnt matter what you are, who you are, you should be accepted based on the person. And I think that it’s what represents for disabilities, the ADA, and what’s important.”

The Civil Rights Summit starts Tuesday afternoon and lasts until Thursday.

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