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Bush Urges More Help for Disabled Americans - 2003-07-26

President Bush is calling for more action to help disabled Americans, on the 13th anniversary of the Americans With Disability Act, a measure he describes as "one of the great compassionate acts of American government."

In his Saturday morning radio address, Mr. Bush says the law has helped improve the quality of life for more than 50 million Americans, enabling them to find jobs, enter public buildings and live more independently.

He says more is being done now through his New Freedom Initiative under which states receive additional funding to help the disabled commute to work or work from home. He also says his administration is working with Congress to provide better special education programs for the disabled.

Mr. Bush says people with disabilities now have more freedom to lead independent lives than ever before, and progress is being made to ensure they know that, "the American Dream is meant for them."