July 26th, 2016 is the 26th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. According to President George H. W. Bush, this civil rights legislation was designed to bring down “the shameful wall of exclusion”.
Today we see curb ramps, Braille numbers on many elevators and restrooms, and lots of closed captioning of television programs. We find cell phones and tablets are building in accessibility features at the factory, meaning any of us can use it without purchasing expensive adaptive software. These are some really positive changes in our society.
We need to celebrate! We also need to recommit ourselves to continuing the advocacy efforts to make our community totally accessible for everyone. Remember, each one of us is the ADA police; only we can make it happen.
The responsibility belongs to each and every one of us. As Justin Dart, the father of the ADA said, “Lead on!”
-Chris Owens, Executive Director