State Representative Phillip Archuleta (D-36) joined members of southern New Mexico’s disabled community at the Doña Ana County ADA jobs fair on Thursday to celebrate the 24th Anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In his speech to the group, Representative Archuleta, who is himself disabled, pledged to continue to be a strong voice for the rights of disabled persons in the New Mexico State Legislature. Representative Archuleta is seeking re-election this November.
Thursday’s event was Representative Archuleta’s first campaign appearance in Las Cruces since suffering a fall at a meeting of the New Mexico House Behavioral Health Subcommittee which led, earlier this year, to the amputation of his leg.
Thursday’s ADA Jobs Fair was held at the Doña Ana County Community College Workforce Center in Las Cruces. The landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990, and guarantees civil rights protections to the disabled in employment and public accommodations.