One of my favorite shirts
Today is the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Including both physical and mental handicaps, the ADA covers five areas: employment, public entities and public transportation, public accommodations and commercial facilities, telecommunications, and miscellaneous provisions. Amendments were made to this document in 2008. The ADA paved the way for the improvement of accessibility in other countries. To read its text and see other resources about this law, go to www.ada.gov.
I was four years old when President George H. W. Bush signed the ADA into law. I’m thankful for having grown up during a period of increasing understanding and acceptance of individuals with disabilities in the United States. Although there are still physical and attitudinal barriers at times, the ADA has given people like me more opportunities to live an active life. I described these opportunities in my autobiography UnabASHed by Disability (available at http://tinyurl.com/oolmj39).