For Immediate Release
July 26, 2018     
Contact: Abby Matienzo, Communications Manager
       703-942-5711 #230

NAELA Celebrates Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary

Washington, DC — The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys celebrates the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 2018. Congress enacted the ADA “to provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities.” The ADA protects people with special needs from discrimination in employment, public services and accommodations, services operated by private entities, transportation, and telecommunication.

NAELA member attorneys serve the elderly, people with special needs, and their families. Last month, in recognition of the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision, NAELA urged Congress to pass the bipartisan Empower Care Act. The legislation would renew the Money Follows the Person demonstration project (MFP), which has helped more than 75,000 seniors and people with disabilities move out of nursing homes and back to the community. MFP expired in September 30, 2016, and all participating states will run out of funding by the end of the year.

“NAELA is dedicated to advocating for these vulnerable populations to ensure that they live full and independent lives, and their rights are protected,” said NAELA President Michael J. Amoruso, Esq., Fellow, CAP. 

Learn more about NAELA public policy and advocacy efforts to support older Americans and people with disabilities.

To receive a free NAELA brochure: “Questions and Answers When Looking for an Elder or Special Needs Law Attorney,” contact Communications Manager Abby Matienzo by email or phone at 703-942-5711 #230.

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 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

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