Friday, August 28, 2009

A Tribute to Senator Edward M. Kennedy

The recent death of Senator Edward M Kennedy has saddened us. He was a terrific fighter on behalf of children and adults with disabilities. His co-sponsorship of the Americans with Disabilities Act helped prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities. Here is an interesting blog post concerning Sen. Kennedy's championing of the rights of people with disabilities.

Senator Kennedy was also a cosponsor and a significant force behind the passage of the Education of all Handicapped Children Act, the predecessor of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the federal statute governing special education. He was also a major force behind the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act. In addition, Senator Kennedy was Chairman of the Senate's HELP committee which has jurisdiction over education iss

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ues. His impact on the special education law in this country cannot be underestimated.

Here is the official position of Senator Kennedy on the issue of disability rights. His obituary in the Boston Globe can be found here.

Perhaps the best way to remember Senator Kennedy lies in his own frequently repeated and inspirational words, "For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die."

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