2020-ADA 30 with Robert

A Time for Reflection

ada frameThis framed poster has followed me around the country in every office I’ve had for 25 years. It’s a picture of President George H.W. Bush signing the Americans with Disabilities Act into law on the Whitehouse lawn with disability activist Justin Dart (wearing his signature hat) seated beside him.

Mr. Dart, considered by many to be the ‘father’ of the ADA, signed this poster for me when he visited Charlotte, NC a few months later.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA) was a groundbreaking civil-rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disabilities.

Thanks to that law, the people we serve and millions of individuals like them are able to take advantage of fundamental opportunities and enjoy things that 25 years ago were closed to them – and that frankly the rest of us often take for granted. Children with disabilities now sit in public school classrooms, getting the same education as the typically-developing children sitting next to them. Adults with disabilities now work in offices and job sites, doing the same jobs as their co-workers without disabilities. Individuals in wheelchairs access the same public transportation, attend the same movies and sports events as their more mobile friends. 

Yes, there is much more to be done.  But the difference the ADA has made since 1990 is undeniable.  Check out the ADA campaign posters at http://www.easterseals.com/who-we-are/history/historical-ada-campaign.html for some powerful examples. 

So on this 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, let's take a moment to appreciate how far people with disabilities have come; how far our community has come.  And let's remember why we must continue to help children and adults with disabilities be engaged and contributing members of our community.  Together, we achieve better days.

Luanne K. Welch
President & CEO
Easter Seals UCP

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