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HeiTech Services Marks a Civil Rights Milestone as the ADA Turns 25

Landover, Md. – On July 26th, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the most comprehensive disability rights legislation in our history: The Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA. The ADA forbids discrimination against people with disabilities and ensures equal access to employment, transportation, housing, and public spaces and programs. In the 25 years since its passage, we’ve seen unprecedented advances in accessible information technology, transportation access, architecture and product design, program development, and employment and entrepreneurism. Thanks to the ADA, children with disabilities can play on the same playgrounds as their peers and visit their local public libraries. Job seekers with disabilities have better opportunities to build careers. Employers have the tools and resources they need to create a diverse workforce. And people aging with and into disability are staying active in the communities of their choosing.

On that day in July, HeiTech Services Vice President Mark Odum was on the south lawn of the White House watching the historic signing. Mark has been a strong advocate for full access and inclusion, from his days at the University of Maryland where as an elected Representative to the Student Government Association he spearheaded the establishment of the Disabled Student Services Office and fought for equal access to a full schedule of classes, regardless of his use of a wheelchair. He served as President of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association and has joined the advisory boards of many advocacy groups furthering the rights of persons with disabilities. As the Ravens and Orioles looked to build new stadiums, he was right there making sure people with disabilities had equal access to the action on the field. As director of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), Mark continues to advocate for and support people with disabilities, their families, and friends. For more than 13 years, HeiTech’s NARIC project has provided comprehensive information, referral, and library services to consumers, professionals, and researchers alike.

From its beginnings HeiTech Services has sought out, managed, and improved federal government contracts that directly impact the well-being of American lives. Our corporate mission to help the government keep Americans safe is evidenced in the advances we have made with the NARIC contract and through it, furthering the disability civil rights movement. This country has come very far in 25 years, and we have still farther to go to ensure people with disabilities everywhere are living their best lives. HeiTech joins Mark and the staff of NARIC in pledging to recommit to the ADA and the core values it represents: independence and the right to live and participate fully in the community of one’s choosing.

Media Contact: Dan Jonas, djonas@heitechservices.com, 301-918-9500

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