July 20, 2021 
Contact: Abby Matienzo, Communications Manager

NAELA Celebrates Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary

Washington, DC — The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26. Congress enacted the ADA “to provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities.” The U.S. Department of Labor states that the ADA “prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications, and access to state and local government’ programs and services.

NAELA member attorneys serve older adults, people with disabilities, and their families. As part of the Disability and Aging Collaborative, NAELA helped draft recommendations for a fourth piece of COVID-19 legislation. These recommendations included increasing the Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) match beyond the 6.2 percent bump in April 2020 and passing the Coronavirus Relief for Seniors and People with Disabilities Act (H.R. 6305, S. 3544), which includes grants to support Direct Support Professional (DSP) and Home Health Workforce and to support aging adults and people with disabilities in their homes and communities.

“As the needs of people with disabilities evolves, NAELA member attorneys are always right there supporting legislation aiming the enhance their quality of life,” said NAELA President Letha Sgritta McDowell, CELA, CAP.

Find an elder and special needs law attorney in your area using NAELA’s Member Directory.

Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Upon joining, NAELA member attorneys agree to adhere to the NAELA Aspirational Standards. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations, and others. The mission of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is to educate, inspire, serve, and provide community to attorneys with practices in elder and special needs law. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit NAELA.org, or to locate a NAELA member attorney in your area, visit NAELA.org/findlawyer.

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