Happy Birthday ADA

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Today, July 26th the Americans with Disability Act turns 25 years old. The Americans with Disability Act is a law designed to make the United States accessible for persons with disabilities. Originally enacted in 1990 it has been updated over the 25 year period.

The Americans with Disability Act is a great tool that has literally and figuratively opened many doors for persons with disabilities, but it is not perfect by any means. The biggest challenge for persons with disabilities is the fact that our abilities and inabilities are extremely unique. Each and every persons has certain strengths and weaknesses. The best accommodation for one person may not be the best accommodation for another. For example, I have recently been looking at refrigerators and many are rated accessible by the standards set in the Americans with Disability Act, but these refrigerators are still not accessible for me.

My advice is always follow the regulations in the Americans with Disability Act if for no other reason then for not getting sued. Just be there to assist a client, friend, and or family member that has a disability. Do your best to assist them even if that means going above and beyond the Americans with Disability Act. For example, if the door to your store is legally considered accessible by the Americans with Disability Act, but you see someone in a wheelchair struggling offer to hold it for them.

I see the Americans with Disability Act as a set of legal guidelines for us to follow. I also do not believe that it should mean we ignore what is right in front of us. We have a moral duty to try and provide the best services for everyone regardless of our abilities or inabilities.

I believe that the Americans with Disability Act has done some amazing things for persons with disabilities, but I believe that it should be a living document ever evolving and expanding. I feel that the United States and the Americans with Disability Act is amazing, but we can continue to learn and make things better.

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