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Happy 25th ADA

ADATomorrow marks the 25th anniversary of the passing on the 1990 ‘Americans with Disabilities Act’. The ADA has changed the lives of millions of disabled Americans myself included. Below I’ve listed a sampling of what the ADA allows for:

  • Equal Access to public building [ramps/elevators]
  • Equal employment with reasonable accommodation
  • Equal access on public transportation
  • Equal access to language for the Deaf [sign language]
  • Telecommunication Access of the Deaf
  • Inability to discriminate against those with disabilities

In short the ‘Americans With Disabilities Act’ has allowed for those with disabilities to be on a more level playing field. I have benefited from the ADA most of my life. In elementary school we learned that not only did I have ADHD but dyslexia to match. I couldn’t read fluently until the 3rd grade. The accommodations I received throughout my schooling for my learning disabilities greatly aided in my education. When my RA started to affect my academic performance my 504 plan gave me the necessary accommodations to succeed. Today I still use these accommodations and benefit from the ADA on a daily basis. Due to this I would like to say thank you to those who pushed for the ADA to be passed and signed into law.

For more information go to http://www.ada.gov/ and http://www.ada.gov/ada_25th_anniversary/index.html

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