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AAPD Mourns the Loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

by | Sep 19, 2020 | Press Release

For Immediate Release: September 19, 2020
Contact: Rachita Singh, rsingh@aapd.com
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Association of People with Disabilities mourns the loss of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Upon the announcement of her passing, AAPD President and CEO Maria Town stated:
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a champion for justice. From her founding work at the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union to her confirmation to our nation’s highest court, her life is a testament to the fight for equality. In the same way that her work on gender frequently attacked paternalistic practices that limited women’s opportunities, Justice Ginsburg authored many opinions that embraced the principles of the disability rights movement and addressed the ways that paternalism so often results in our segregation from society. She authored the majority opinion in Olmstead v L.C., a decision which held that people with disabilities have a right to live integrated in our communities, not segregated within institutions. Her life’s work directly benefited the lives of millions of individuals with disabilities and our country as a whole. We will continue to build upon her legacy and fight for justice and equal treatment under the law. May her memory be a blessing.”