In 1990, Congress passed, and President George H. W. Bush signed, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ushering in a new era of civil rights for people with disabilities in this country. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, in conjunction with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, enforces the ADA to ensure that people with disabilities can live, work, learn, vote, and play in our communities – free from discrimination and able to participate in the mainstream of American life.
To celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the ADA, Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Corinis served as the keynote speaker for the Suncoast Center for Independent Living’s (SCIL) Annual ADA Celebration. SCIL is a non-residential, non-profit organization that offers services to Sarasota and Manatee residents with disabilities so they may lead independent, self-directed lives and fully participate as equal members of society. During her presentation, AUSA Corinis highlighted the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s office to expand its work in the area of Civil Rights Enforcement, including working with disability rights organizations like Centers for Independent Living to fight discrimination and achieve compliance with the ADA.
Acting U.S. Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow added, "Enforcing our nation's civil rights laws is and will continue to be a top priority for the Department of Justice and our Office."
For additional information on the MDFL’s Civil Rights Program, please visit our webpage.