On July 27th, community members and consumers of Connections came together to celebrate the signing of a bill that has continue to impact millions of lives in America. The ADA (American Disabilities Act) was passed and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. The ADA protects people with disabilities from discrimination is all parts of life as well as any disability (physical or mental impairment) that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
Rather stating what the ADA does, it’s better to state what could not be done without the ADA:
-About 56.7 million people — 19 percent of the population- could lawfully be discriminated against in the workforce because of their disability.
-Public transportation could not be used by individuals who uses wheelchairs.
-Students with disabilities would not have the opportunity to have a IEP (Individualize Education Plan).
-Public businesses would not be legally forced to be accessible to individuals with disabilities.
-Telecommunications for the deaf would not be available on all phone services or television stations.
-Businesses could lawfully deny services/goods.
We are grateful we do not live in a world without in the protection of ADA. Here at Connections, we value the history of the disability community and the role Independent Living had in the history. That is why we have and will continue to have a ADA celebration at Connections. The ADA celebration allows us to be appreciative of our rights as well as come together as a community and share experiences, laughter and of course, cake.
Thank you for all the consumers and community members who came to the celebration; it was a full house with almost 50 attendees! And thank you to all the donors who support Connections and help make events like this happen with donations.
Connections for Independent Living