The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

New Freedom Initiative

On February 1, 2001, President George W. Bush announced his New Freedom Initiative to promote the full integration of people with disabilities into all aspects of American life. The goals of this comprehensive plan include expanding educational and employment opportunities; increasing access to assistive technologies and public accommodations; and providing accessible transportation and housing options for individuals with disabilities.

The New Freedom Initiative builds upon the progress made by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) in protecting the civil rights of approximately 54 million Americans with disabilities. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken a lead role in implementing the employment goals of the Initiative.

EEOC has implemented a number of activities as part of President Bush's New Freedom Initiative, including the following:

In addition, we have developed the following:

and Questions and Answers About:

EEOC's New Freedom Initiative Outreach:

To learn more about the New Freedom Initiative, see:

This page was last modified on November 9, 2007.

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