Twenty years after the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed, upholding protections for people with disabilities remains a challenge, the Justice Department's top civil rights lawyer said Thursday. "We still face the challenge of attitudes and stereotypes that stigmatize disabilities and are every bit as destructive as racism, sexism, homophobia and the other prejudices that have certainly lessened over time, but have not been completely eradicated from our hearts and minds," Thomas E. Perez said.

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