What the Americans with Disabilities Act Means to me 30 Years Later

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Sunday was the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The law prohibits discrimination of people with disabilities and makes the playing field more level with our fellow citizens who are able-bodied. Of course, there is more work to be done for disabled people’s equality. I thought I’d share the impact the law has on my life with all of you. Thanks to the law I can:

  1. vote
  2. go to any business because businesses must be accessible and have accessible restrooms
  3. be employed
  4. get an education
  5. travel: hotels must have accessible rooms with bathrooms available for rent

In other words: thanks to the law I can do pretty much anything anybody else can do. The ADA is a big reason why I have such respect for former president George HW Bush. He was the president who signed it into federal law in 1990.

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