Langevin praises Bush’s ef­forts in sign­ing ADA into law

Pawtucket Times - - OBITUARIES / REGION -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin of Rhode Is­land says he cred­its his cur­rent po­si­tion in the House to for­mer Pres­i­dent Ge­orge H.W. Bush’s sign­ing the Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act.

At the age of 16, Langevin was in­jured while work­ing with the War­wick Po­lice Depart­ment in the Boy Scout Ex­plorer pro­gram.

A gun ac­ci­den­tally dis­charged and a bul­let struck Langevin, leav­ing him par­a­lyzed. The Demo­cratic con­gress­man went on to be­come the first quad­ri­plegic to serve in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Bush signed the ADA, which is a civil rights law that pro­hibits dis­crim­i­na­tion based on dis­abil­ity, into law in 1990.

Bush died Fri­day at age 94 and his fu­neral was held Wed­nes­day.

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