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CFO Sink Recognizes 20th Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act

6/8/2010

CONTACT: Kevin Cate, 850-413-2842

TALLAHASSEE – At this morning’s Cabinet meeting, Florida CFO Alex Sink sponsored a resolution honoring the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law on July 26, 1990. More than 50 million Americans have some level of disability and industry ratings of workers with disabilities indicate average or above average performance, attendance, and safety on the job.
 
“People with disabilities strive to lead fulfilling lives and make remarkable achievements and contributions to our nation,” said CFO Sink. “However, in the past, America’s disabled have faced the possibility of discrimination in many areas, from education to transportation and public accommodation, and that’s why this legislation continues to be of the utmost importance to our country.”

CFO Sink presented the resolution to the following guests:
 
  • Jim DeBeaugrine, Director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities
  • Susanne Homant, President and CEO of the Able Trust
  • Bryan Vaughan, Executive Director of the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities
  • Bill Palmer, Director of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Debra Dowds, Executive Director of the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in the application and hiring process, requires workplace accommodations for people with disabilities by private employers and state and local governments, and provides access to public places and accommodations. More than two-thirds of those who are unemployed want to work.

As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, CFO Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services.  A successful business leader with nearly three decades of experience in the private sector, Sink is serving her first term as Florida's CFO.  CFO Sink's priorities include using her business experience to cut wasteful spending, holding government accountable to Florida’s taxpayers, and cracking down on financial and insurance fraud.