In 1985, the Supreme Court ruled that Americans with disabilities did not need strict constitutional protection against discrimination because they had access to lawmakers to protect their rights.
Advocates got the message, and were able to achieve passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990.
Nearly 30 years later, however, the promise of a level playing field has not been achieved, and we still have a long way to go.
In the following op-ed, American Bar Association President Linda Klein explains why we need greater constitutional protections in order to achieve equality.
Op-Ed: 14th Amendment should be used to ensure equal protection for those with disabilities by Linda Klein, American Bar Association Journal, June 27, 2017