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August 3, 2015
Happy Anniversary!
           Congressman Langevin with Vice President Biden

Dear Friends,

Twenty-five years ago, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act, a groundbreaking piece of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. The law broke down barriers to education, employment and technology. It made public transportation more accommodating, established universal design standards, improved voting accessibility, and expanded inclusion and justice for millions.

The ADA made a statement about how we treat and value people with disabilities, reinforcing the notion that a disability does not disqualify a person from meaningful contributions in the classroom, workplace or community.

It changed my life. It made it possible for me to pursue my dreams and serve in the United States Congress.

This silver anniversary is an important opportunity to reflect on how far we have come. I introduced a resolution to commemorate the progress we’ve made, and also to chart a course for the future. I shared my thoughts on the ADA in The Hill and The Providence Journal, and appeared at events at the White House and the Library of Congress.

Here in Rhode Island, I was proud to join with a group of advocates who will carry this torch into the future. They are the next generation of activists, and their leadership is sorely needed, because as far as we have come, we still have much work to do to realize the goal of full participation and inclusion for people with disabilities. With them at the forefront, I am hopeful and excited about what the future holds for the disability community.

To learn more about the issues I care about, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.

            Sincerely,

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Congressman Langevin at a town hall meeting at the Silver Lake Community Center
Town Hall Time
The concerns of my constituents are always on my mind, and your feedback helps direct my work in Washington. Help me best represent your interests by joining me for a Town Hall meeting this summer! All are invited to the Swift Community Center in East Greenwich on August 13, and the Johnston Senior Center on September 1, both at 6 p.m.
 
Congressman Langevin with a graduating student
Access to Opportunity
Access to education is access to opportunity. There are many young people in Rhode Island who face tremendous challenges outside the classroom, however, making the pursuit of a college education particularly difficult. We must do everything we can to support all students who want to learn. I was proud to announce more than $554,000 in federal funding to CCRI that will help level the playing field for first-generation and low-income students, and students with disabilities.
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