So today marks the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act!! I cannot believe it!! 26 years later the problem with things not being accessible is not over as it still has a long way to go, but it is so much better!
I can personally tell you of some of the benefits that I have had due to the ADA being in place! It has been curb cuts, to ramps, wide bathrooms with grab bars, etc. I happened to be around and remember the 1st benefit for me when the ADA becoming law (I know I am totally dating myself)! It was when I was a senior in high school. I was living in Tulsa OK during this time. My high school was not wheelchair accessible so I had to fight to stay on my feet to go to school there. I did get out of class 5 mins. early to beat the rush of the other students. I would not only get help with my books, but also sometimes piggyback rides from cute boys:) There were 2 floors on 2 different sections. Because my HS was not wheelchair accessible I was the only student with a permanent physical disability going to school there. The building was built back in the dark ages (My dad even graduated from there!) so you can imagine! They never really had a need (or so they felt) for things to be made accessible until the law was passed which made all public buildings that were built after a certain time to be made wheelchair accessible. Which meant my HS, WOOHOO!! So they started making plans to build an elevator! I was so happy!! Even though I knew I would not be in school to use it, because it would be graduated by the time it was completed. I knew that other students with physical disabilities would get the same opportunity to go to my awesome HS! The following year I did go back to take a ride in that elevator, and got to meet the 1st student to use it!! I was overjoyed!! Thank you ADA!!
Tell me about your encounter with ADA and how it made things so much better for you? It can be a particular incident or something in general? This question is for also anyone who helps someone with a physical disability easier? I would love to hear from you.
I hope you have a good day!!
Rolling on, Stephanie